By Joe King, [email protected]

The blue P/T Cruisers suffered heavy damage after striking a utility pole. (The Herald/ Joe King)

The blue P/T Cruisers suffered heavy damage after striking a utility pole. (The Herald/ Joe King)

A woman who was driving northbound in the inside lane of Chapman Hwy. hit a utility pole because she was reportedly asleep behind the wheel Feb.  25.

The Sevier County Sheriff’s Department, Seymour Volunteer Fire Department, Tennessee Highway Patrol, and Sevier County Ambulance Service were present on the scene.

“She said thinks she felt asleep,” said SVFD member Chris Gribanow. “She wasn’t wearing her seatbelt and she hurt all over.”

The driver, Barbara Jane Leith, 82, of Sevierville, was extricated from her vehicle and placed on a stretcher. There were obvious signs of injury such as a bleeding ankle could be seen as she was carried away.

SVFD members place Barbara Jane Leith on a stretcher after the crash. (The Herald/ Joe King)

SVFD members place Barbara Jane Leith on a stretcher after the crash. (The Herald/ Joe King)

Leith was taken to UT Medical Hospital to be treated where she is reportedly in stable condition.

The frontend of the Leith’s blue P/T Cruiser was left smashed as a result of the impact.

No other vehicles were involved in the accident.

The utility pole that was struck is located between Mountain National Bank and Domino’s Pizza.

“Either the vehicles moved out of the way or she got lucky,” said THP Lieutenant Clinton Valentine. “This seldom happens, but incidents like this have been known to happened occasionally.”

Valentine said base upon statements from eye-witnesses, Leight seemed to have drifted across Chapman Hwy. and the accident was not caused by a failed attempt to turn.

The accident occurred at approximately 9 a.m.

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