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Investigation continues into deadly Hawkins County crash

By Angela Yingling
Published On: Jul 08 2013 09:56:02 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 08 2013 11:43:09 AM CDT
HAWKINS COUNTY, Tenn. -

Investigators are looking for answers following a deadly crash involving an ambulance Saturday night.

We're told a Hawkins County ambulance was taking a burn patient from a fireworks accident to the hospital when it hit a Toyota Corolla at the intersection of Highway 11W at Silver Lake Road, then veered right, hitting two more cars.

The driver of the Corolla, 18-year-old Samantha Hathaway, died in the crash. Family members say Hathaway was on her way to get her fiancé because they were both scheduled to work a late-night shift at a nearby McDonald’s. Hathaway was a Volunteer High School graduate and a resident of Church Hill. 

Nine people were injured in the crash, including three children under the age of 12.

On Monday, troopers with the Tennessee Highway Patrol were surveying the scene of the accident. "Any time we have a crash with a fatality we have our Critical Incident Response Team come out and they'll measure and shoot the scene. It allows for the mapping and for the crash to put everything to scale," says THP Sgt. Jason Lowe.

We talked to an attorney for the Hawkins County EMS and were told they will not be making any comments while the investigation is ongoing.