2 injured in head-on crash on Oak Ridge Highway

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Two people were sent to the hospital after a head-on crash Wednesday morning on Oak Ridge Highway.

Tennessee Highway Patrol says the crash happened around 7:40 a.m. near the intersection with Beaver Ridge.

Michael Murphy, 42, was going eastbound in a 2000 Ford Ranger when he crossed over the center turn lane and went into the westbound lane. He hit a 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Cindy Fields, 45, head on.

Murphy’s vehicle rolled onto its right side and came to a rest in the center turn lane facing north. Fields’ vehicle spun around and went into a ditch. Both drivers were taken to UT Medical Center.

Murphy is facing charges of driving on a suspended license second offense, reckless driving and not having insurance. More charges are pending. Fields will be charged with driving with an expired driver’s license.

The crash shut down part of the highway for a time.

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