Blue Ridge, Ga. – A head on collision left four adults having to be emergency flighted to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga.
James Dickey of Blue Ridge, Ga., was traveling southbound on Scenic Drive shortly after 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 7. Dickey had with him passengers, Gary Patterson (Blue Ridge) and Kimberly Patterson (Blue Ridge).
Dickey’s Ford F-150 crossed the center lane while navigating one of Scenic Drive’s many curves and struck a Ford Escape head on. The Escape was driven by Heather Seigler who is also a resident of Blue Ridge, Ga.
After the impact Dickey’s truck overturned onto it’s right side. Gary Patterson, who was not wearing a seat belt, was completely ejected from the vehicle.
The Escape, driven by Seigler, spun several times before coming to a stop.
Emergency crews were on the scene within 10 minutes of receiving dispatch and determined that the car accident victims would need to be taken to Erlanger Hospital, the area’s nearest trauma facility, for treatment.
Four Life Force helicopters arrived to airlift the victims who were all suspected of having serious injuries.
As of Monday, June 11, Kimberly Patterson and Heather Seigler are still admitted at Erlanger Hospital for continued treatment. Passenger Gary Patterson has been discharged from the facility. The condition of driver James Dickey was unable to be confirmed.
Charges involving the accident are pending.
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The small post office located on Morganton Hwy sustained damage when a car struct the facility. The crash left a hallway obstructed and blocks the ability for people to access their PO Box. However at this time staff are reporting to work and are able to give customers their mail until the repairs have been completed.
The accident happened around noon while staff were gone to lunch and discovered the accident upon their return. Luckily no injuries were reported. FetchYourNews.com has inquired with the communications director for the Post Office and will update when more information is available.