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CARTER COUNTY, TN (WJHL) -

The Tennessee Highway Patrol released more information about the crash involving a pick-up truck that careened down an embankment along Highway 19-E in Carter County. 

The crash happened about 5:50 p.m. near the intersection of Indian Creek Road.

The THP says Wilburn L. Norris, 43, Johnson City, lost control of his pick-up truck on the eastbound side of Highway 19-E, hit and flipped over a guardrail, then traveled 210 feet down a hill where it came to rest.

Norris was airlifted to a local hospital for treatment.  No information about his condition was available late Tuesday.

Investigators said they charged Norris with 1st offense D.U.I.


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News Channel 11 is following an accident on Highway 19 E near the Carter-Sullivan County line.

Wings Air Rescue landed moments ago at the crash site.

Authorities, at the scene, say the truck went through a guardrail in the southbound lanes - headed toward Elizabethton.

The truck flipped into the bottom of a ravine – it's estimated the truck landed about 125 feet below the roadway.

Crews were able to extricate the driver from the truck. We are told the male driver was the only occupant. We are told he was conscious and talking at the scene and was transported to the hospital by air wings. 

Tennessee Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

News Channel 11 will post the latest developments as soon as it becomes available.

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