October 26, 2012
A Lotts Creek woman was flown to Holston Valley Medical Center following a traumatic accident.
Sharon Hollifield, 59, lives on an unmarked road off of Lotts Creek. She is the only resident of the road that is primarily used for gas wells.
The road requires four-wheel drive to get up so when she was meeting a close friend, Rita Stone, to go to the store Stone had to wait at the bottom of the hill and Hollifield drove down to meet her. While Stone and Hollifield do this often, however,this time was different.
At around 10:30 on Friday, Hollifield went off the road and her Blazer fell about 20 feet before the front end hit the ground. The SUV narrowly missed a gas well while sliding further down the hill.
When the vehicle stopped moving Hollifield was able to call several friends to try and get help. One friend was Stone at the bottom of the hill. “There was a state trooper that came by and I flagged him down,” said Stone. “He was going off duty and he came up here first.”
Shortly after the Perry County Sheriff’s Office and rescue crews arrived. Hollifield was flown to Holston Valley Medical Center. She was awake and alert but the extent of any injuries is unknown at this time.
People on scene believed the cause of the accident could have been a problem with the brakes in her SUV.