Friendsville man killed
May 7, 2005
by Anna C. Irwin
of The Daily Times Staff
A 38-year-old Friendsville man was killed Friday
in a traffic accident on Big Springs Road that
sent two other people to the hospital.
Blount County Sheriff James Berrong said Michael
Ferguson of Hurtgen Circle died in the 3:30 p.m.
crash near Long Powers Road.
According to information provided by the
sheriff's office, Ferguson was traveling west on
Big Springs Road toward Friendsville in a 2002
Toyota MR2 convertible when he attempted to pass
a vehicle in front of him, lost control of his
car and skidded sideways into the eastbound lane.
The Ferguson car collided with a 1985 Chevrolet
Camaro driven by Aaron J. Carver of Rhodwin
Avenue, Maryville, and traveling toward
The impact sent the Toyota off the road and down
an embankment where it came to rest with
Ferguson's body pinned inside.
Carver, 21, and his front seat passenger --
Ashley B. Underwood, 19, of Trigonia Road,
Maryville -- were freed from the wreckage of the
Camaro and taken by Rural/Metro Ambulance Service
to a helicopter landing zone set up at the
intersection of South Long Hollow and Big Springs
roads. A Lifestar medical evacuation helicopter
was unable to land at the accident scene which
was directly beneath a primary flight path for
aircraft using McGhee Tyson Airport.
Carver and Underwood were flown to University of
Tennessee Medical Center by Lifestar and
admitted. Carver was listed in critical condition
and Underwood was in stable condition Friday
Ferguson was taken by Rural/Metro Ambulance
Service to Blount Memorial Hospital where he was
Blount County Fire Department and Blount County
Rescue Squad responded to the scene along with
Rural/Metro and the Blount County Sheriff's
The Blount County Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety
Unit is investigating the accident.
Accident investigators said Ferguson was wearing
his seat belt but the two people in the Camaro
were not restrained. The airbags in the Toyota
did not deploy, apparently due to side impact to
the vehicle. The Camaro was not equipped with
Circumstances of the crash were similar to those
in a February 2004 collision at almost the same
location that killed a 16-year-old boy. Five
people have been killed in traffic accidents on
Big Springs Road over the past 10 years.
Ferguson's death is the sixth traffic fatality of
the year in Blount County, exactly half the
number of fatalities recorded on the same date in
2004. Last year ended with 38 deaths, the highest
total found in records beginning in 1961.