Deputies: texting and driving may have caused West Knox County crash involving dump truck

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Officials say texting and driving may be to blame for a three car accident in West Knox County Monday morning involving a dump truck.

The Knox County Sheriff's Office says Madeline Arden, 19, a Pellissippi State student, was going eastbound on Hickory Creek Road around 10:15 a.m. when her 1996 Honda Accord crossed the center line and hit head-on a dump truck driven by Thomas Hall, 53, of Vonore.

The dump truck was then hit from behind by a Chevy Silverado towing a boat trailer, driven by Terry Perdue, 56, of Knoxville.

Arden was taken to UT Medical Center for what are described as life-threatening injuries.

Neither Hall nor Perdue was injured. All three drivers were wearing seat belts.

Officers say they found a cell phone in Arden's vehicle in the middle of sending a text, so she may face charges. The official cause of the crash remains under investigation.