ROGERSVILLE - Separate
traffic accidents in less than four days, one last Wednesday and the other over the weekend, have
claimed two lives. A Rogersville man was killed early Sunday morning in a
two-vehicle accident on Route 113. According to a report filed by Tennessee
Highway Patrol Trooper Jim Lee, Paul J. Qualls, 43, Rogersville, was killed. The other driver,
Corey Vett T. Davenport, 20, Whitesburg, received injuries in the accident and was transported to
Holston Valley Hospital where he was treated and released. The accident
occurred on Highway 113 Sunday at approximately 12 a.m. The THP report states
that a 1998 Acura, driven by Qualls, and a 2004 GMC pickup, driven by Davenport, were both traveling
north on the highway. Qualls apparently lost control of his vehicle west of
Bulls Gap/Saint Clair Road where the posted speed limit is 45 miles per hour. He ran off the
road's surface then returned and his vehicle was then struck by the GMC.
Neither driver was wearing a seatbelt and Lee said that could have made a difference.
The accident report also notes criminal charges are pending in the Sunday accident.
On June 6, at approximately 12:21 p.m., a Geeneville man was killed in a fatal single-vehicle
accident, according to a report filed by Trooper Josh Mabe. Norman
Simpson, 24, was reportedly traveling south on State Route 347 (Burem Road) in a 1994 Ford Explorer
when it left the left side of the roadway, struck several fence posts, traveled through a field and
then struck another fence in a homeowner's yard. Mabe's report also states
Simpson was not wearing a seatbelt. It also notes the restraint probably would not have made a
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