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Midtown wreck driver cited

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By Damon Lawrence

Trooper Gary Snow said James Britton, the driver who allegedly caused a chain-reaction crash in Midtown on May 3, was cited for failure to exercise due care. The wreck was at the intersection of Roane State Highway and Ruritan Road.

According to police reports, two SUVs were stopped at the traffic light when Britton’s pickup crashed into the back of a TrailBlazer.
Snow identified the SUV drivers as John F. Rinke and Andrea L. Lawson.
Lawson, who was in the middle vehicle in the chain reaction crash, was released from the hospital, but was cited for an unrelated driver’s license violation, Snow said.

Snow said Britton sideswiped a Jeep driven by Midway High School Principal Scott Mason moments before he crashed into the back of one of the stopped SUVs. Snow said Britton, Rinke and Lawson have Rockwood addresses. Mason has a Harriman address.