Elderly driver survives nasty crash

Reported by: Erik Avanier
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Updated: 4/29/2013 7:04 pm
LOOKOUT VALLEY, Tennessee(WDEF) - An elderly man is lucky to be alive thanks to witnesses who ran to a local law enforcement office to get help after his vehicle flipped into a ditch.

It happened on Cummings Highway; less than a quarter of a mile from a state troopers office.

Investigators believe the 79 year old driver of an Lexus SUV suffered from medical problems which may have caused him to lose control of his vehicle.

"He left the left side of the roadway and according to witnesses never touched his break and went down the embankment and overturned into the ditch," said state trooper William Collins.

The driver was lucky because other motorist saw the crash and was able to run and get help at the state troopers office.

"I was in there working on paperwork and got here as quick as I could and there were witnesses inside the vehicle attending to the subject," said Collins.

Authorities say the elderly man was also lucky the crash didn't occur at night when there's fewer people on the road because the ditch is so deep, there's no way someone would have spotted his vehicle while driving by.

The driver was wearing a seat belt.

It took fire crews nearly an hour to remove the man from the twisted vehicle.

He was reportedly awake and alert when EMS transported him to the hospital with unknown injuries.

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