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Woman Killed After Van Plunges 227 Feet of Cliffside

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Jonathan Hernandez2 years ago

The Johnson City Press is reporting that a woman that was killed during a storm on Wednesday has been identified.

Details about the Accident that Killed the Woman

The Carter County Sheriff’s Department has released the identity of the woman who was killed on Wednesday night when the van she was driving fell 227 feet down a cliff near Dye Leaf Roan in the Poga community.

Stacy Sherrill was driving the van with her husband, James Sherrill – who was not seriously injured. The sheriff’s department was alerted to the crash after James Sherrill climbed back up to the road. Due to the cold temperatures, snow, ice, and steepness of embankment, the climb took Sherrill all night.

After the road was cleared on Thursday morning, eight members of the High Angle Rescue Team worked all day to retrieve the body of the woman and the van in the difficult terrain and weather conditions.

The department reports that the accident happened late Wednesday night around 11 p.m. when the vehicle plunged off the road.

The exact cause of the accident remains unknown at this time.

Impacts of Snow on Driving Conditions in the United States

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation:

  • Precipitation can limit visibility distance, cause lane obstruction, and reduce pavement friction while driving.
  • Snow and sleet caused a ten year average of 210,341 crashes in the United States from 2003-2014.
  • Icy pavement contributed another 151,944 crashes during the same time period. 


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