One Man Seriously Injured In Tuesday Night Crash

August 2, 2007
by: 
Dwayne Page

One man was seriously injured in a one car crash Tuesday night on Highway 70 east near Sligo Bridge.

Michael Reid apparently lost control of his car and went off an embankment.

He was later airlifted from the scene by a helicopter ambulance and flown to Vanderbilt University Medical Center with serious head and back injuries.

Sheriff Patrick Ray says a fisherman on the lake heard the crash and reported it around 10:00 p.m.

Officers quickly responded and found where the vehicle had run off an embankment. They soon discovered the car and found Reid hanging onto to a vine to keep from falling off the bluff into the lake.

A deputy helped pull him to a safer place on the embankment until more help could arrive.

Sheriff Ray says he would like to commend the DeKalb County Rescue Squad, County Volunteer Fire Department, and DeKalb EMS who were on the scene within minutes. He says they got to Reid, secured him in a basket, and brought him back up to the top of the hill.

The accident was investigated by the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

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