District 1 & 2 rescue crews responded to a two vehicle collision on the corner of Jess Lyons rd and Autumn Trail around 7:30am last Friday morning. Terry Gann, of 38 Autumn Trail, was headed East on Jess Lyons Rd. when he struck Billy Mitchell, of 850 Gunshoot rd., nearly head-on. Mitchell’s 1989 Chevy pickup was traveling nearly 50mph when it struck Gann’s 2003 Ford F-150 as Gann was turning North onto Autumn Trail. The collision threw both trucks into the ditch on the north side of Jess Lyons, and both men were left trapped in their vehicles.
Volunteer firefighters arrived quickly, first stabilizing the men in neck braces, then working to get them out of the mangled trucks. Gann’s door was pried open, and he was placed in a full spinal package. While Volunteer firefighters worked on Mitchell’s driver’s side door using the Jaws of Life, BMH-GT paramedic Tony Fulgham slipped and injured his ankle while attempting to stabilize Mitchell through the passenger side door. Fulgham apparently either tripped on some ice or misjudged the step out of the truck. He was helped by rescue crews before Mitchell was extricated, and a third ambulance was called to transport EMT Fulgham to the hospital as well. Mitchell was then put in a full spinal package and transported to BMH-GT.
[I noted on the way to the accident scene that the morning sun was incredibly bright, and would have been directly in Gann’s eyes as he attempted the turn. Both men told Deputies that they did not even see the other vehicle until the collision. All three victims were reportedly released later Friday afternoon. Another EMT told me Monday that EMT Fulgham’s ankle ended up being OK. –Ed]