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Update: Helenwood man killed in south Oneida accident

The scene of a two-vehicle accident on U.S. Hwy. 27 in south Oneida where one person was fatally injured Friday, May 31, 2013. (Independent Herald photo/Ben Garrett)
The scene of a two-vehicle accident on U.S. Hwy. 27 in south Oneida where one person was fatally injured Friday, May 31, 2013. (Independent Herald photo/Ben Garrett)

An elderly Helenwood man was fatally injured in a tragic, two-vehicle accident on U.S. Hwy. 27 in south Oneida Friday evening.

Eli “Bud” Phillips, of the Cherry Fork neighborhood in Helenwood, died in the crash, which occurred at the intersection of U.S. Hwy. 27 and Underpass Drive, just south of the Boys & Girls Club of Scott County, at around 7 p.m. Friday.

The accident, which was investigated by the Tennessee Highway Patrol, occurred when Phillips’ Ford Ranger pickup apparently pulled onto U.S. Hwy. 27 from Underpass Drive and into the path of a northbound SUV, according to witnesses at the scene.

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[s2If current_user_can(access_s2member_level1)]All four occupants of the SUV — Robert and Jennifer Conatser and their two eight-month-old children — were transported by Scott County EMS to U.T. Medical Center in Knoxville as a precaution but were said to be okay.

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One person was fatally injured, while a mother and her two young children were transported to a Knoxville hospital after a tragic two-vehicle accident on U.S. Hwy. 27 in south Oneida Friday evening.

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Names could not be released Friday evening, as the investigation into the cause of the accident was being completed by the Tennessee Highway Patrol. However, the driver of a Ford Ranger pickup truck was confirmed by emergency personnel at the scene to have died despite the efforts of rescue workers who “did all they could do to save him.”

The driver of a SUV involved in the accident and her two young children, less than one year old, were transported by ambulance to U.T. Medical Center in Knoxville with injuries that were reported to be minor.

The accident occurred around 7 p.m. at the intersection of U.S. Hwy. 27 and Underpass Drive just south of the Boys & Girls Club of Scott County. Witnesses at the scene said the pickup truck pulled from Underpass Drive and into the path of the northbound SUV.

In addition to Tennessee Highway Patrol, officers from both Oneida Police Department and Scott County Sheriff’s Department responded to the scene, along with Oneida Fire Department, Scott County EMS and Scott County Rescue Squad.[/s2If]

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