CORBIN – On Thursday at approximately 3:30 p.m., Trooper First Class Dallas Eubanks was traveling north on U.S.25E when a 2000, Mercedes SUV passed him on the shoulder of the roadway at a high rate of speed. TFC. Eubanks attempted to initiate a traffic stop on U.S.25E in the Bimble community of Knox County. The vehicle failed to stop and continued traveling at a high rate of speed. Troopers from Knox County joined in the pursuit and followed the vehicle for several more miles but was unable to get the vehicle to pull over. Due to the high rate of speed the Mercedes was traveling, the pursuit was terminated in the Gray community of Knox County.
A short time later, troopers located the vehicle at the intersection of KY 3041 and U.S.25E. The vehicle had been involved in a collision. Preliminary investigation indicates the Mercedes was operated by a 16-year-old female, of Harrogate, Tennessee. The driver struck three different vehicles before hitting an 18-wheeler head-on in the south bound lane of U.S.25E. The 16-year-old was ejected from the vehicle and landed in the roadway. John Deaver, 20, of Harrogate, Tennessee, was the passenger in the vehicle. The juvenile and Deaver were both flown to U.T. Medical Center in Tennessee with critical injuries. The operator of the 18-wheeler, Eric Wilder, 43, of Thornhill Tennessee, did not receive any injuries due to the collision. No one else involved in the collisions sustained any injuries.
At this time drugs and alcohol are undetermined into the collision. The 16-year-old had been reported missing earlier in the morning by her mother.
KSP Trooper Jay Sowders is continuing the investigation.