A Campbell County woman remains hospitalized this morning following a Friday afternoon crash. Hospital officials list 74-year-old Evelynn Huddleston in stable condition after surviving a frightening wreck.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol said that at 3:05 pm Friday, Huddleston was headed north on Duff Road in her 2016 Nissan Rogue (in top photo). She veered right off the road and struck a standing tree. The compact sport utility vehicle then went over an embankment and rolled twice coming to an uncontrolled final rest in Mill Branch, according to the report. The driver side of the Nissan was partially submerged in the creek.
Units from the Campbell County Rural Fire Service and the La Follette Rescue Squad worked for 20 minutes to free Huddleston from the vehicle. One official estimates that the CSUV traveled some 50 yards off Duff Road down into Mill Branch where it overturned and trapped her inside of it.
Lifestar was requested and flew to near the scene, but high winds in the area forced the med chopper to return to Stiner Airfield. The patient was transported by ground ambulance to meet the chopper at Stiner Airfield where she was flown out to a Knoxville hospital. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 03/18/2019-6AM-PHOTO COURTESY OF CCRF ASSISTANT FIRE CHIEF DANIEL LAWSON)