Greenback woman dies in crash on Big Springs Road
A Greenback woman died Sunday night when the car in which she was a passenger veered off Big Springs Road and hit a tree.
Patricia Ellison, 26, of Meadow Road, Greenback, was taken to Blount Memorial Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Driver Debra Ellison, also of Meadow Road, and another passenger, Willard Jefferies, of Comfort Avenue, Maryville, were also taken to Blount Memorial. Ellison was listed in stable condition Monday evening. Jefferies was treated and released.
According to Maryville Police Chief Tony Crisp, Debra Ellison was driving her 2001 Nissan Maxima west on Big Springs near Bridgeway Drive at 9:21 p.m. when she lost control of her vehicle and traveled off the side of the road. She tried to correct by veering in the other direction, Crisp said, at which point she crossed into the eastbound lane of traffic and hit a tree. Patricia Ellison was sitting behind her, in the rear passenger seat.
Crisp said police are still uncertain why Debra Ellison lost control, although he said they do not believe alcohol or drugs were factors.