Morning crash sends four to hospitals
by GREG KAYLOR, Banner Staff Writer
Dec 06, 2012 | 2869 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
For the second morning in a row, North Lee Highway was blocked for through traffic while officials conducted a crash investigation. A two-vehicle crash Wednesday morning shut traffic flow for several hours.

The crash this morning occurred just before 7:30 near the intersection of Bellfounte Road and North Lee Highway.

Two people were flown to Erlanger Medical Center for treatment and two taken by ambulance to SkyRidge Medical Center, according to Bob Gault, media relations coordinator for the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office.

According to reports, one vehicle was traveling northbound and ran off the roadway. The driver overcorrected and traveled into the southbound lane, striking two other vehicles.

Officials have identified the drivers involved in Wednesday’s crash which involved a Bradley County School bus.

Jeremy H. Anderson, 34, of Charleston was the driver of an SUV which was involved in a crash on North Lee Highway Wednesday. The crash occurred just before 7 a.m.

A special needs bus was headed north on North Lee Highway carrying one special needs student.

The driver of the bus was identified as Yaroslava Struk, 44, of Cleveland.

Anderson was in critical condition when he was transported via ambulance to Erlanger Medical Center, according to Stan Clark of Bradley County Emergency Medical Service.

Anderson was reportedly ejected from his vehicle and was underneath it when first responders arrived.

Struk was transported to SkyRidge Medical Center and was in stable condition, according to Clark.

The 14-year-old passenger on the bus was taken to SkyRidge Medical Center for a precautionary checkup, Clark indicated.

Gary Austin, supervisor of Pupil Services/Transportation for Bradley County Schools, said the driver was en route northbound on North Lee Highway to pick up another special needs student. Austin said the students would have then been taken to Waterville Elementary School for classes.

Bradley County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit is in charge of both crash investigations.