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UPDATE: Five Boone Teens in Overturned Truck; One Dead PDF Print
Written by Steve Frank   
Friday, 15 June 2012 03:43

Five Boone area teens were involved in a late Thursday night crash on Meat Camp Road—two airlifted to Johnson City Medical Center—and one died. The State Patrol has identified the teen killed as 16-year old Dillon Luther Critcher of Deerfield Road, Boone, who had been riding in the bed of the truck with another teen when the crash occurred. The wreck was just below the Elk Knob State Park at about 10:40 last night, neighbors roused from their homes from the terrific noise of the black Ford Ranger skidding, then overturning several times.  Callers to the county’s 9-1-1 center reported five patients, one entrapped by the wreckage—pinned under part of the truck.  Arriving Meat Camp first responders reported the severity of the injuries, and WINGS 1 was launched from Johnson City to a landing zone at the state park, while medics and Watauga Rescue members worked to free and try to save the life of the teen trapped by the truck. A second WINGS chopper was launched as WINGS 1 arrived at Elk Knob, but for some reason, the landing could not be made there, and the landing was quickly switched to Green Valley School.  The second chopper also landed there, picking up the second patient about a half-hour after the first.  Meanwhile, others injured in the wreck were taken to Watauga Medical Center for more treatment of more minor injuries.  Trooper Searcy said early this morning that the south-bound truck ran off of the newly-paved section of roadway, over-corrected, and ran off of the road to the left where new gravel had just been applied, skidding into a deep ditch, causing the truck to flip several times, landing back on its wheels—unfortunately trapping Dillon Critcher under part of the truck in the ditch.  Searcy said that all the occupants were under 18.  He said it did not appear alcohol was involved, but that the most severe injuries came from the two thrown from the bed of the truck, where they were riding. The wreck was still under investigation early this morning.



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