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Police: texting-while-driving led to crash

By News 5 Staff, news@wcyb.com
Published On: Feb 23 2014 05:25:40 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 23 2014 07:34:33 PM CST
Unicoi County Sheriff's Office

UNICOI COUNTY, Tenn. -

Police say texting is what lead to a crash in Unicoi County Sunday evening.

According to Tennessee Highway Patrol it happened just before 5:30 near the Washington County line.

THP says a 23-year-old male driver looked away from the road at his cell phone for a text message when the car went off the road and over an embankment, hitting several trees along the way.

The driver was flown to the hospital. There's no word on his condition.

For a short time State Route 81 was closed because of the crash, but it is now open.

Tennessee Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.