By John L. Ross / Staff Writer
A Girdler man continues to recover at home today after toppling more than 150 feet down an embankment while working in a bulldozer on a hillside Wednesday.
Darrin Mills, 20, was flown to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, Tenn. Wednesday afternoon, bleeding from a head wound.
He was transported by Knox County EMS after the crash to the Richlands Volunteer Fire Department behind Girdler Elementary School.
The crash happened on Green Briar Hollow Road, north of Girdler. The embankment Mills fell from was a dirt hillside, and ended in a short grove of trees before dropping onto Green Briar Hollow.
“He was up working on the bank, and it looked like the ‘dozer just went back and fell down the hill,” said Richlands Volunteer Fire Department Chief Alfred Yeager. “It just got away from him.”
He said Mills was unconscious, and remained so after the helicopter picked him up.
“He hit his head hard in the cage (of the bulldozer),” Yeager said.
He added that Mills is very well known in the Girdler community and in Knox County.
“He’s a good kid — an excellent kid,” Yeager said, adding that all the members of the department “are kin to him.”
Jamie Mills, the victim’s grandmother, said Wednesday night that Darrin Mills was on his way home.
“They gave him a CT scan and everything,” she said, relieved. “He just has a severe concussion — they’re letting him come home.”
She said her grandson went “straight backwards,” and hit his head on the roll bar.
His grandfather, Clark Mills, and a crew helped get the bulldozer off the road and out of the ditch.