UPDATED: Victims of head-on crash Monday recovering; witness says speed likely a factor
A Gray man is in stable condition and a Corbin man has been discharged from the University of Tennessee Medical Center following a head-on collision on U.S. 25 Monday morning.
Justin Adams, 19, of Gray and Clyde Hamilton, 42, of Corbin were both airlifted from the scene of the wreck just north of the intersection of U.S. 25E and 25W.
Laurel County Sheriff's deputies said the wreck occurred about 8 a.m. when Adams, who was traveling south in a BMW 330i, crossed the centerline and struck Hamilton's Chevrolet Avalanche.
"He passed us on the hill near Hunter Hills (Elementary)," a witness said of Adams. "We were doing about 50 mph and he just blew by us. He had to be doing 70."
The Laurel County Rescue Squad and West Knox Fire department were both called to the scene. They used the Jaws-of-Life to cut the roof off of the BMW in order to extricate Adams. No one else was in either vehicle.
Traffic in both directions was halted while firefighters and emergency personnel worked to clear the scene.
Deputy Gilbert Acciardo, the department's public affairs officer, said deputies are continuing to investigate, but there is nothing to suspect drugs or alcohol were a factor in the collision.
"From what we have been told, he had just gotten off of work at Aisin," Acciardo said.
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