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UPDATE: THP releases names of victims in fatal Hwy 19E Bluff City crash

(K. Roberts, WCYB)

A report issued by the Tennessee Highway Patrol names the two victims of a fatal crash that partially closed Highway 19E on Wednesday evening in Sullivan County.

Michael Cook, 55, of Bluff City, was operating a pickup northbound and was swerving according to eyewitnesses prior to the crash. His truck then crossed over the median into southbound 19E and struck an SUV operated by Kelly Roberts, 30, also of Bluff City, head on, according to the report obtained by WCYB.

Cook reportedly had alcohol in his system at the time of the crash, the report says. Both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene.

News 5 received conformation on Thursday that Roberts was the general manager of The Mall at Johnson City.

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