LENOIR CITY (WATE) -- One person was killed Thursday afternoon in a crash near Fort Loudoun Dam. According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Monte Ward, 61, of Maryville crossed the center line while driving along highway 321 in a 2007 Dodge Ram. Troopers say he collided with a 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser driven by John Thompson, 61, of Knoxville. Thompson was killed in the accident, Ward was injured.  Both were wearing seatbelts. The accident tied up traffic for several hours.

Retired Alcoa Fire Captain injured in fatal Loudon County wreck

By Mark Boxley
of The Daily Times Staff

Retired Alcoa Fire Capt. Monte Ward was reportedly injured in a serious wreck in Loudon County today.

According to Alcoa Fire Chief Roger Robinson, Ward was involved in the wreck and had to be taken by Lifestar helicopter to University of Tennessee Medical Center. No information on the nature or severity of his injuries was available.

University of Tennessee Medical Center did not have any information on his condition at 5:15 p.m.

According to Robinson, Ward retired from the Alcoa Fire Department in 2002 after serving for 30 years with the department.

According to WATE.com, one person was killed in the crash on the Highway 321 bridge at Fort Loudoun Dam. Robinson said Ward was not the person killed in the accident.