THP: Woman admits to distracted driving in Morgan County crash that injured 2 children

PETROS (WATE) – Three people were sent to the hospital Tuesday afternoon after a crash in Morgan County that troopers say may have been caused by distracted driving.

The crash was reported on Highway 116, also known as Petros Highway, just before 3 p.m. Tennessee Highway Patrol says a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier driven by Jerica Cavins, 27, of Harriman, was going north when the vehicle left the road and hit a tree.

She and two children in the car, ages 8 and 6, were injured in the crash. Dispatchers said two of the three were taken to the hospital by Lifestar helicopter, but did not specify which two.

Troopers say Cavins admitted to them she was reaching for her ringing cell phone when the crash happened. Charges are pending.

THP says Cavins was wearing a seat belt and both children were in booster seats.

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