A Hamblen County man seriously injured in a four-wheeler crash either Sunday or Monday was discovered inside a mobile home on Boatmans Mountain Road Tuesday evening, and then airlifted to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, authorities say.
Jerry Dale Burton, 21, was in a regular room this morning, according to a hospital spokeswoman, who declined to disclose Burton’s medical condition. He reportedly sustained a deforming injury in his shoulder area and one of his knees was skinned to the bone. Deputy Izaac Owens confirmed Burton had at least one broken bone.
“(Burton) stated that he got up and made his way back to the trailer and inside, but collapsed in a chair and couldn’t move,” Owens detailed in an offense report. “He stated that he yelled for help but nobody could hear him … Jerry’s mother was on scene and did state that Jerry hadn’t returned home and that she found him inside the trailer.”
Burton said he left the four-wheeler at the accident scene on Boatman’s Mountain Road. Deputies searched the roadway, but could not locate the vehicle or the crash site, according to Owens, who reported the injured man was treated in the UT Medical Center trauma center.
Members of the North Hamblen County Volunteer Fire Department established a landing zone near the fire hall on Noes Chapel Road, and Burton was flown directly to the hospital.