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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BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – A house fire destroyed two single-wide trailers at 1909 Scenic Drive in Blue Ridge early Thursday morning, Dec. 7.
According to Fannin County Fire and Rescue Chief Larry Thomas, crews were dispatched at 1:59 a.m. to the address after receiving a call from a resident, who was sleeping inside one of the trailers, woke to find the home filled with black smoke.
Eight firefighters, one engine and one ambulance arrived at the scene at 2:03 a.m.
Thomas said the fire quickly spread to a second trailer because of the close proximity of the two trailers. Four residents, including two adult males and two adult females, were able to escape the two structures with no injuries.
Both homes are considered total losses, according to Thomas, and the cause of the fire is yet to be determined. An investigation into the cause is still ongoing by Fannin County Fire Department investigators and the state fire marshal’s office. Thomas stated he expects to receive a determination as to the cause sometime in the next day.
American Red Cross is assisting with providing shelter and clothes to the displaced residents, Thomas added.
FCFD responded to another fire occurring downtown Sunday night, Dec. 3, outside of Fightingtown Tavern after a passerby reported seeing a fire near the back fence of the establishment.
Thomas explained the fire, which occurred after the restaurant had closed for the evening, started after an employee had cleaned hot ashes out of a chiminea on the restaurant’s patio section and placed the ashes in a cardboard box, thinking the ashes were cool enough to dispose. After the box had been set near the wooden fence, the box caught fire, which resulted in the fence catching fire.
Crews were able to arrive quickly to extinguish the fire, and only a small portion of the fence suffered damage, according to Thomas.