Wreck sends teen to Erlanger

Posted By | April 25, 2002 12:00 am

Dawn Bailey
A teenager, Michelle Zayas, 16, of Sparta, was flown to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga after she sustained injuries when her vehicle landed in a creek bed off of Hutchings College Road on Wednesday morning. Emergency personnel worked together to carefully remove the injured teen from the vehicle.
At approximately 10:50 a.m., Wednesday, the Emergency 911 Center dispatched emergency personnel to a one vehicle accident in the area of Liberty Road and Hutchings College Road. Deputy Jeremiah Lintz and Lt. Chad Dodson of the White County Sheriff’s Dept. arrived on the scene. According to Dodson, Zayas was traveling on Hutchings College Road when she lost control of the vehicle and crashed. The automobile landed in a creek bed below the roadway where she was unable to exit the vehicle.
First responders from Cassville Volunteer Fire Dept. were dispatched to the location to assist the patient until White County EMS arrived on the scene. EMS responded and Zayas was given treatment while she was trapped inside the vehicle.
Rescue squad members used their extracation equipment and cut around the front window to remove the windshield. Once the windshield was removed, the rescue team cut the front portion of the roof off the vehicle in order to safely gain access and removed Zayas from the vehicle.
Emergency personnel transported the patient by ambulance to a nearby field where an Erlanger Life Force helicopter had landed. The helicopter was in the air and on the way to Erlanger at approximately 12:01 p.m. Authorities were on the scene until approximately 12:15 p.m.
As of press time, Zayas was still receiving treatment at the emergency room at Erlanger Medical Center.
– Stolen items recovered
Local law enforcement processed the scene of a burglary at Beavis CB Shop on Gracey Street. Several stolen items were recovered.
At approximately 10:06 a.m., Friday, Sgt. Elmore Carter, Jr. of the Sparta Police Dept. responded to 105 Gracey Street in reference to the burglary. According to the report, someone had pried open the front door some time after 11 p.m. on April 18. Approximately $70 was taken from the shop along with several other items.
At approximately 1:30 p.m., April 19, 2002, Ptl. J.T. King of the Sparta Police Dept. responded to Sparta First Free Will Baptist Church at 35 Baker Street in reference to an outbuilding being pried open. The officer spoke with Walter Briggs and discovered not only was the door pried open, but several garbage bags were discovered behind the building. Authorities said the items inside the bags included a Craftsman blower, tarps, a socket set, bath set and lighters.
According to Sparta Police Chief Jeff Guth, these items were missing from the burglary at Beavis CB Shop. No items were discovered missing from the church. Det. Allen Selby of the Sparta Police Dept. is investigating.
– North Spring Street accident
Authorities were dispatched to a two vehicle accident on N. Spring Street on Friday. No injuries were reported.
At approximately 10:55 a.m., April 19, 2002, Ptl. J.T. King of the Sparta Police Dept. responded to the scene of a two vehicle accident on North Spring Street and West Turn Table Road. According to the report, Harold Rice, 63, of Sparta was traveling south on North Spring Street in a 1990 Chevrolet pickup truck when he was involved in an accident. Betty Copeland, 56, of Sparta, made an attempt to
park a 1980 Oldsmobile at the Citizens Bank parking lot when her brakes failed. The Oldsmobile struck the Chevrolet.

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