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3 injured in LaFollette wreck

Three people suffered non-life-threatening injuries Tuesday when an 18-wheeler and a van crashed in front of Woodson Mall in LaFollette.

The accident occurred shortly after 11 am when the driver of the van, 68-year-old Marcella Coots of Speedwell, tried to turn in front of the empty coal truck driven by 58–year-old John Burgans of Alabama. The tractor-trailer was unable to stop and crashed into the front passenger side of the van, trapping 18-year-old Jacob Richardson of Speedwell inside. He was freed and flown to UT Medical Center, where he was treated and later released. Coots and Burgans were both treated for their injuries at LaFollette Medical Center.

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Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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