Day after van crashes into salon, 6 remain hospitalized as cleanup begins

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Six people remained hospitalized Wednesday afternoon after they were injured after a van crashed into the Classic Styles salon in Kingston Tuesday.

Friends and family members, including Michael and Betty Foy, gathered at the site of the crash to take stock of the damage.

"I came here once a week until we moved.  My daughter-in-law's done my hair for 15 years now," Betty Foy said.

Foy's daughter-in-law, Delane Hooks, was among the injured employees.
"Her leg was broken in two places and they've done surgery on her," Foy said.

The Foys moved from Kingston to Cookeville several years ago.  They didn't hear about the crash until Tuesday evening.

"We didn't know until 5:30-6:00 last night, when my son called and told me she was in the hospital," Michael Foy said.

"It scared me.  Especially when I heard she was taken by helicopter to UT.  Usually you have to be in bad shape before they take you by helicopter," Betty Foy said.

Salon employees spent the morning cleaning and salvaging what supplies they could, before leaving to see their co-workers at the hospital. 

As of Wednesday afternoon, the victims conditions were as followed.

  • Richard Ward- serious condition at UT Medical Center
  • Jerry Lowe- treated and released
  • Amy Riddle - stable condition at UT Medical Center
  • Elizabeth Finnell- stable condition at UT Medical Center
  • Delane Hooks- no condition update at family's request
  • Retha Hardie- stable condition at UT Medical Center
  • Cheryl Brooks- serious condition at UT Medical Center

Customer Jerry Lowe, who received minor injuries, described the ordeal as "horrifying."

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Officers released the names and conditions of all those involved in a van crash into a salon which left ten people hurt.

According to Kingston Police, 52-year-old Richard Ward was driving the van when he had a medical condition which caused him to crash it. Both police and doctors are still unsure what the medical condition is. Ward is still at UT Medical Center in serious condition. Besides his medical condition, Ward only has a cut to his head.

Ward's wife Kathy was taken to UT by a personal vehicle with no injuries.

Ward's condition caused him to drive erratically on the road before crashing into the salon.

Before crashing into the salon, Ward hit a Red Dodge with 67-year-old Marsha Holladay inside. Holladay was taken to Roane Medical Center with bumps and bruises.

Seven people inside and around the salon were taken to various hospitals after the vehicle hit. Jerry Lowe, 55, of Kingston was taken to Ft. Sanders with minor injuries. 29-year-old Rockwood resident Summer Turpin was taken to Roane Medical with a broken ankle and scrapes.

Amy Riddle, 39, of Kingston; Elizabeth Finnell, 51, of Kingston; Delane Hooks, 45, of Kingston; and Retha Hardie, 42, of Harriman were all flown to UT Medical Center with broken bones. All four of those flown to the hospital are currently in stable condition.

Cheryl Brooks, 63, of Kingston was also flown to UT Medical Center where she is in still in surgery and in serious condition.

Previous story: 10 hurt after van crashes into Kingston beauty salon

A van crashed into the Classic Styles salon in the 100 block of South Kentucky Street, also known as Highway 58, in Kingston Tuesday afternoon.

A total of ten people were hurt, including customers and employees of the salon, according to Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam.

Employee Tiffany Coy was working with a client in the back of the building at the time of the crash.  

"My client and I heard a loud noise and we thought it was a mirror or something falling, but it didn't ever stop," Coy said.  "We started smelling smoke so I wet towels and put them up under the door because I didn't know what was going on, I didn't know if the car was on fire."

Mason Van Horn heard the crash from his house next door.  He and his brother ran to help.

"I came and I was looking and I couldn't find anything, and then I looked over and I heard all this screaming and then I saw the building had a car in it," he said.

Four patients were in critical condition the rest were in serious condition, Washam said.


Six patients were transported to UT Medical Center by helicopters, while four were transported by ambulance.


The crash happened at 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, officials said.  Washam said a man and a woman were inside the van and the male driver had a medical issue while traveling north on Kentucky Street.  He started driving erratically, forcing several cars off the road.  The driver rear-ended a car, sending the van into the salon.

 "At this time it does appear he was having an event and that's what caused him to run the vehicles off the road, crash into the rear of the other one then run into the building," Washam said.

Coy said five employees were working at the time of the crash.  She and the client were stuck a back room until help arrived.

"When I finally got out I realized that all my friends had been run over by a van, and I couldn't get to them.  I've got EMS training and that's the hardest part, I couldn't get to my friends," Coy said. 


South Kentucky Street was closed for more than an hour after the crash.

Stay with 10News and for more on this developing story.

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