By Jeff Noble / Staff Writer
A Knox County man is in a Knoxville, Tenn. hospital after he suffered injuries in a one-car crash late Wednesday morning. The wreck occurred on U.S. 25E, north of Barbourville in the Bailey Switch community.
The driver of the car, 73-year-old Donald Brewer, of Barbourville, was airlifted from the crash scene by an Air Evac Lifeteam medical helicopter and flown to the University of Tennessee Medical Center. He was listed in serious condition Wednesday evening.
The wreck happened around 11:30 a.m., just south of the intersection of 25E, KY 3438 and Clover Ridge Road, and near Billy’s One Stop and the Spur Road #2 gas station.
The Knox County Sheriff’s Department got the call at 11:35 a.m. and two deputies immediately went to the scene.
Brett Ledford, Chief of the nearby Bailey Switch Volunteer Fire Department, noted they received word three minutes later.
“We got a text at 11:38 a.m. of an accident and an address. One vehicle, one patient,” he said at the scene before the chopper landed on the four-lane. He and other volunteers went to assist deputies and EMT’s, stopping traffic on both sides of 25E to allow the medical helicopter room to land and take Brewer to the Tennessee hospital.
Deputy Adam Townsley said Brewer was a diabetic, and may have had a medical problem at the time of the wreck.
According to his report, Brewer was driving a late-model Infiniti QX4 hatchback, going south on 25E, and must have been going at a high rate of speed when he lost control. His car hit the mile marker 14 sign on the roadside, crossed the median, then went into the northbound lanes and hit a guard rail, which witnesses said caused Brewer to be ejected from his car.
He was thrown 137 feet from the guard rail over an embankment and landed on Clover Ridge Road next to a driveway. His car landed on a grassy spot near Clover Ridge Road just a few feet away from where Brewer landed.
Deputy Keith Liford, who assisted Townsley at the scene, added Brewer was not wearing a seat belt.
Along with both sheriff’s deputies and the volunteer fire department, the first responders were assisted at the scene by the Knox County EMS and Detectives Steve Owens and Brian Senters of the Barbourville Police Department.
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