At approximately 9:10 a.m. on Monday, March 31, 2003, a woman driving a white Cadillac struck two mailboxes before hitting a fence and flipping her car. The driver, Mildred Marie Norton, of Maryville was injured in the accident. According to workers at the scene, Norton said she had fallen asleep at the wheel.
“I heard a loud noise and went out to see the car flipped over and I called 911,” said Wayne Reynolds, resident of the home where the car finally slid to a stop. Todie Reynolds said she thought the car had hit the house the noise was so loud.
“She just veered off to the left. When I pulled her out of the car and asked what happened she told me she had fallen asleep,” said Jim Wilson, who was traveling behind Norton when the accident occurred. “She must have flown twenty feet in the air when she flipped.”
Norton hit two mailboxes and the Reynolds’ fence before flipping her car and coming to rest on the roof of the vehicle at the corner of Cherokee St. and Boyds Creek Rd.
The Sevier County Ambulance Service, Seymour Volunteer Fire Department, Officers Gary Kent, Mark Fellin and Johnny Bohanan of the Sevier County Sheriff’s Department responded to the scene.
Ms. Norton was transferred to Fort Sanders Medical Center in Knoxville with undisclosed injuries.

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