TOP PHOTO: Two men were transported to the hospital after this wreck on Feb. 22.
LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF)- The driver of a Nissan Rogue and the rider of a Harley-Davidson Motorcycle continue recovering this morning after sustaining injuries in a Wednesday afternoon collision of their respective vehicles. HERE is a related story, the first report on WLAF soon after the mishap.
Herbert Stephens, 84, of Jacksboro, in the Nissan, complained of rib and side pain and was transported by the Campbell County EMS to the La Follette Medical Center. Twenty-eight year old David Swanson, La Follette, rider of the motorcycle, complained of neck pain. Campbell County EMS transported Swanson to a Caryville Ball Field landing zone. From there, Swanson was airlifted to a Knoxville hospital. The men’s status is according to a report from the La Follette Police Department.
WLAF News spoke briefly with Swanson on Sunday evening. A family member noted that Swanson’s suffering from broken ribs and a couple of other injuries. “He’s ready and wanting to come home from the hospital, but it’s going to be a few more days,” she said.
LPD Patrolman Mallory Campbell said the wreck was in front of Colonial Heights, in the cut across, on Jacksboro Pike. Campbell arrived to see Swanson laying in the grass median being treated by First Responders. Campbell then spoke with Stephens who was referred to first responders.
The passenger with Stephens, the only other person involved, was not injured.
The LPD report outlines conflicting accounts with Stephens stating he was already in the turn lane and did not see Swanson until the crash while Swanson stated that he was traveling east when Stephens veered into his lane, and without anytime to react struck Stephens.
Campbell lists the Nissan’s vehicle maneuver as changing lanes or merging, and that Stephens failed to keep in proper lane. The vehicle maneuver of the Harley-Davidson was listed as going straight. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 02/27/2023-6AM)