A Hamblen County woman who authorities say appeared to be under the influence of an intoxicant survived a potentially life-threatening mishap Wednesday afternoon, according to authorities.
Chasity Bunch, 32, attempted to jump in front of a moving train on the tracks close to the Dill Pickle eatery on East Andrew Johnson Highway, according to officer Glenn Tucker. This morning, she was in a regular room at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, according to a hospital spokeswoman.
“The witness Mr. Dustin Caudill stated they (were) talking and she jumped to the side of the train while the train was moving,” an offense report states. “The other witness, Stephanie Coffey, stated she recorded her acting strange and yelling around their business before (Bunch) attempted to get hit by the train.”
Bunch’s injuries include an extremely badly broken leg and a gash on her head.
A video viewed depicts Bunch yelling toward the sky.
At some point, Bunch leaped over some greenery and ran headlong into the side of the moving train engine. The engineer did not realize what had happened and continued to roll.
Bunch was airlifted to the Knoxville hospital from the nearby EMS station.
Her arrests in the last three years include possession of methamphetamine, illegal possession of alprazolam and multiple arrests for public intoxication.
Morristown man injured in crash
A Morristown man was seriously injured Wednesday morning in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of East Morris Boulevard and Ridgelawn Avenue, according to authorities.
Brock Lane, 25, remained hospitalized this morning in the surgical critical care unit at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, according to a hospital spokeswoman.
Lane was a passenger in 2009 Nissan Altima driven by Dorothy Toby, a 22-year-old Greeneville woman. Toby had not been discharged from the Knoxville hospital by press time, but she was in a regular room, according to the spokeswoman.
Toby was attempting to drive onto East Morris Boulevard from Ridgelawn Avenue around 11 a.m. when she pulled into the path of a westbound 2010 Mercedes C4 driven by 22-year-old Mooresburg resident Kristyn Kelly, according to officer Glenn Tucker. Kelly reported she was driving approximately 60 mph, according to a crash report.
Kelly was transported to Jefferson Memorial Hospital, where she was treated for relatively minor injuries and released, according to a hospital spokeswoman.