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THP: Driver in 3-vehicle crash was under the influence

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A fatal crash on Friday blocked traffic on Gov. John Sevier Highway near Austin Park Lane.

Update 11:50 a.m.

(WBIR-Knox County) THP said Friday's fatal crash on John Sevier Highway is being investigated as a vehicular homicide case.

Officials said it appears Spangler was under the influence when he crashed into an SUV that then crashed into a van.

THP said officials are testing Spangler for both drugs and alochol.

Update 9:08 a.m.

(WBIR-Knox County) Officials said the driver responsible for a three-vehicle, fatal accident Friday evening in southeast Knox County could be facing criminal charges.

According to a Tennessee Highway Patrol release, Scott C. Spangler of Sevierville was driving down Gov. John Sevier Highway, when he crossed over the center line and hit a SUV traveling in the opposite direction.  The second vehicle lost control, spun around twice and smashed into a van.

The driver of the SUV, Benjamin L. Woodruff, was killed in the crash. Woodruff's 7-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter were also injured. University of Tennessee Medical Center said the boy is in critical condition and his sister has been released.

Crews drove three people, who were traveling in the van, to UT Medical Center.  Officials said James T. Barthelmy, 58, of Del Rio is in critical condition and Roy A. Hensley 49, of Greeneville is in serious condition.  The condition of the third passenger is unknown.

According to the THP report, Spangler was also injured in the accident.  The crash closed about a mile of roadway in both directions for more than five hours.

We'll keep you updated on any developments on wbir.com and 10News.

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(WBIR - Knox County) One person is dead and five others injured after a car crash in Southeast Knox County, according to Tennessee Highway Patrol.

It happened on Gov. John Sevier Highway near Austin Park Lane, east of Chapman Highway.

THP is not releasing many details at this time.

The crash happened a little before 7 p.m. on Friday night.

Three vehicles were involved; one of those, a van, landed in a ditch.

About a mile of Gov. John Sevier Highway closed in both directions.

According to TDOT Smartway, it's expected to reopen by 11:40 p.m.

Witnesses say the man who died lived in the neighborhood near the crash.

Neighbor Richard Underwood said there used to be more accidents near the subdivision but turn lanes were put in place to help the problem.

"I just came back from Virginia Beach and I saw one wreck on the whole trip and then this one... was bad. So it can happen close to home but it's sad," Underwood said.

Underwood said the accident sounded like a plane crash from his home, a block away.

At this point, THP will not confirm whether alcohol was a factor in the crash.

Stay with wbir.com for updates.

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