One person was killed and two were critically injured Tuesday morning in a head-on crash on Short Mountain Road.
Dead is Benjamin Liau, 50, of Watertown. He was the driver of a 1979 Oldsmobile Cutlass that investigators say caused the wreck when he veered from his lane.
His passenger, Charlotte Hill, 40, was airlifted from the scene to Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga where she remains under treatment.
The driver and lone occupant of the other vehicle, Bonita Mangrum, 75, of Warren County, was airlifted from the scene to Vanderbilt where she is also under treatment.
According to Highway Patrol Trooper Wade Myers, the wreck happened around 10:30 a.m. on a straight stretch of road in the 6000-block of Short Mountain Road near the Cannon County line. An investigation revealed Liau was traveling eastbound on Short Mountain Road when he crossed the center line for unknown reasons and slammed head-on into an oncoming 2003 Chevy Malibu driven by Mangrum.
While the exact cause of the wreck remains under investigation, lawmen believe alcohol was a contributing cause as they found alcohol in the Liau vehicle following the crash.