Kingsport Police Department

Press Release

Incident Information

Type of Incident (UPDATED with Driver Information) K.P.D. Investigates Fatal Traffic Crash on Interstate 26
Date & Time December 23, 2013

Approximately 1:35 PM

Location of Incident Interstate 26 at Mile Marker 9

Kingsport, TN

Victim See Below
Injuries One Fatal

One Non-Incapacitating

Vehicle 1 Information
Name Frederick T. Grevell
Age 57 Years of Age
Race/Sex White/Male
Address Church Hill, TN
Vehicle Information 2009 Kia Rio
Vehicle 2 Information
Name John D. Bailey
Age 46 Years of Age
Race/Sex White/Male
Address Jonesborough, TN
Vehicle Information 1999 Sterling Tractor (with Trailer)

General Narrative

UPDATE: Driver of Kia identity released:

The driver of the Kia Rio was Frederick T. Grevell of Church Hill. Mr. Grevell died in the traffic crash on I-26 on December 23rd when a westbound tractor trailer lost control, crossed the median, and struck his eastbound vehicle nearly head-on.

As previously released:

K.P.D. has responded to a fatal traffic crash on Interstate 26.

On December 23, 2013 at approximately 1:35 PM, Officers of the Kingsport Police Patrol and Traffic Units responded to Interstate 26 at mile marker 9 in reference to a fatal traffic crash.

Their investigation revealed that a tractor trailer, driven by John D. Bailey, was westbound on Interstate 26 approaching mile marker 9. The driver stated that for unknown reasons his left front tire blew out causing him to lose control. The tractor trailer struck the guard rail, crossed the median, broke through the cable barrier and entered the eastbound lanes of I -26.

A Kia 4-door sedan, driven by a 57 year old white/male, was eastbound on I-26 and was struck nearly head-on by the tractor trailer. The driver of the Kia was killed in the collision. His name will not be released at this time pending notification of next of kin.

Mr. Bailey received non-incapacitating injuries and was transported to Indian Path Hospital for treatment.

Certain lanes of I-26 remained closed until as late as 5:30 PM, but have since been reopened. The investigation is on-going by the K.P.D. Traffic Unit.

For additional information, please contact:

P.I.O. Thomas M. Patton

K.P.D. Community Relations & Crime Prevention Unit


Releasing Officer P.I.O. Thomas M. Patton

K.P.D. Community Relations & Crime Prevention Unit