Young Driver Of Tractor-Trailer Seriously Injured After Clipping SUV In Bradley County

Thursday, June 26, 2014
- photo by Stan Clark

A young driver of an 18-wheeler was seriously injured early Thursday morning on I-75 in Bradley County after clipping an SUV.

Just before 2 a.m., Bradley County EMS responded one ambulance and a shift supervisor to I-75 on the northbound side at the 31 mile marker to a reported crash. The initial 911 call indicated that an 18-wheeler had struck an SUV that had pulled off on the side of the road. The report was that the 18-wheeler had driven away.

After the EMS crew evaluated the driver of the SUV, it was determined that he was not injured. The ambulance cleared that scene and proceeded north. Just a short distance ahead, the crew noticed a semi-truck and trailer on its side off the roadway nosed into the woods. Dispatch was notified of the discovery and additional emergency crews were dispatched to the scene.

The 23-year-old driver of the truck was pinned in the wreckage.

Stan Clark of Bradley County EMS said, "Bradley County Fire and Rescue personnel worked feverishly to free the patient. It was determined by the paramedic in charge that it would be a prolonged extrication and the patient had serious injuries. A request was put in for a medical helicopter to respond to the scene for airlift to a level one trauma center. Erlanger’s Life Force landed at Luv’s Truck Stop at exit 33. The Life Force crew was picked up by the EMS supervisor and transported to the accident scene.

"The entire extrication took right at two hours. Once the patient was removed from the wreckage he was stabilized and transported to the landing zone where he was flown to Erlanger in Chattanooga. The patient was in serious condition.

“This was one of those accidents where the training of the first responders paid off. When you have a patient trapped inside wreckage like this there are so many things that can go wrong. Bradley County Fire and Rescue did a great job in removing the patient safely.”

The cargo in the trailer was several heavy rolls of paper that weighed over 6,000 pounds apiece.


Work Set To Start On Miracle League Field At Warner Park In April

A Miracle League field for Chattanooga is finally set to get underway in April. Greta Hayes, who oversees city recreation, said the field should be completed in about three months. It will be at Warner Park where there is now an open area near other ball fields. Ms. Hayes said scheduling of the games will be run through the city. She said the field will be available to ... (click for more)

City To Carry Out Green Infrastructure Demonstration Project In Highland Park

The city is planning a green infrastructure demonstration project in Highland Park, including a make-over of Anderson Avenue. Thomas Brothers Construction Company has the contract for the $1.9 million project. Chris Palmer of Jacobs Engineering said it is a required project under the city's Consent Decree ordered by the EPA related to sewage overflows. He said it will include ... (click for more)

Slaxxon Regret - And Response

Back in the seventies my three oldest brothers had a buddy named Steve Slack. “Slack” was a star soccer player at Baylor and he grew up on Lookout Mountain, which is where I grew up. He and Jimmy, Henry and Bill went to the University of Virginia where they were roommates in an old, beat up house that was painted pink. Naturally, the place became known as the “Pink Palace” but lest ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Oh Yes, I Loved West

One of my most beloved friends died early Saturday morning at the age of 67. Then again, West Oehmig’s only brother – King – died a couple of years ago at 63 so it wasn’t by happenstance I remembered Abraham Lincoln’s famous line: “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years.” Here are two brothers who lived larger than any other pair I can ... (click for more)

Red Bank Stays Unbeaten With Romp Over Hixson

Mandi Munn has been around a lot of Red Bank softball in her life, both as a player and now as the head coach for the Lionettes, but she probably hasn’t been involved with many games like the one her team played at home Tuesday afternoon. Facing the Hixson Lady Wildcats in a District 6-AA contest, the Lionettes more than batted around in three of their four at-bats and they took ... (click for more)

Bradley Holds Off Ooltewah 3-2 In District 5-3A Play

Before this season Bradley Central’s Colton Cross had not pitched since the eighth grade. Now, the senior right-hander has found his niche as a reliever with the Bears’ baseball team. That's in addition to being the Bears' starting second baseman. Cross entered Tuesday’s District 5-3A game against Ooltewah in the seventh with Bradley nursing a shaky one-run lead. ... (click for more)