BY KEN LITTLE
AND KRISTEN BUCKLES
A motorcycle rider was injured about 7:30 p.m. Saturday on U.S. 11E in Chuckey when he slammed into a deer that ran out in front of him.
The man was airlifted for injuries suffered in the collision.
Sheriff's Department Deputy Rick Williams said Sunday that the driver, 73-year-old William Trent, of 107 Mystique Lane, Jonesborough, was westbound in the 8800 block of 11E heading into Greeneville when a deer ran out in front of him, causing him to hit the animal and slide approximately 100 feet down the asphalt.
The deputy said the accident occurred less than a quarter-mile from the Rheatown and Chuckey Pike intersection.
"Luckily there were three nurses right behind him who witnessed the accident and helped him," Williams said.
The nurses were on their way home from work at the Johnson City Medical Center, traveling directly behind Trent, the deputy said.
Lt. Gene Mullett of the Tusculum Volunteer Fire Department, which set up a landing zone for the Wings Air Rescue helicopter that flew him to the hospital, said Trent was conscious at the scene but had a broken arm and possible head injuries.
Williams said investigators think Trent was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, but that it came off on impact.
"The deer just ran out in front of him, and he hit the deer and killed the deer," Mullett said.
Trent was lying in the middle of the road when firefighters arrived, Mullett said.
Trent's condition was not available this morning.
The Johnson City Medical Center, where emergency responders believed Trent to have been flown, said on Sunday that they had not received a William Trent as a patient.
Traffic on U.S. 11E backed up as Tusculum firefighters set up a landing zone on the highway.