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Accidents claim lives

Published: 11:00 AM, 06/15/2012 Last updated: 11:15 AM, 06/15/2012

Source: The Rogersville Review

By Bill Grubb
News Editor

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 difference.

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