JACKSBORO, TN. (WLAF)- An icon in local law enforcement is home recovering following a car accident.

Earlier Tuesday, Heatherly took part in a ceremony acknowledging April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. (PHOTO BY WLAF’S CHARLIE HUTSON)

Tennessee Highway Patrol Captain Stacey Heatherly was en route to Sunbright Tuesday night when she was involved in a head on collision. She was on her way to assist victims of the tornado that touched down earlier in the evening, her family said.

Heatherly was driving west on Highway 62 in Morgan County when Anthony Elliot, 33, crossed over the center line directly striking Heatherly’s 2020 Ford Explorer. He was driving a 2022 Dodge truck, according to the THP report. Heatherly had to be cut from her cruiser.

She was taken to the University of Tennessee hospital for treatment. The crash resulted in non-life threatening injuries. Heatherly was treated and later released.

The family is grateful for the prayers, calls and support they have received.

Last night, WLAF spoke with Heatherly.

She has been moved by the outpouring of support.

“It is humbling, overwhelming, and I don’t even know if I can find any other words to say how this community, and throughout the state, and even those I know, and have worked with in other parts of the country have reached out to me and loved me and prayed for me that has just filled my heart,” she said.


One Reply to “Heatherly recovering from head on collision”

  1. I thank God you survived that horrible crash, and thank you for your dedication, and service.

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