The Oliver Springs man who was pulled unconscious from a burning pickup truck on Irene Lane on Friday night has been discharged from the University of Tennessee Medical Center, a spokeswoman said Tuesday.
Jason J. West, 25, of Old Hen Valley Road, hit two utility poles and damaged concrete curbs as his 1999 Dodge Dakota pickup truck went down an embankment on the east side of North Illinois Avenue at about 11:30 p.m. Friday.
Oak Ridge Police Department Officer Christopher W. Wallace said the pickup truck was in heavy brush about 100 feet from the entrance to Irene Lane. Reports said it had flipped, and the engine compartment was engulfed in fire, Wallace wrote in a crash report.
Police officers used fire extinguishers to fight the flames until the Oak Ridge Fire Department arrived, Wallace said. He said West was unresponsive and trapped, and officers had to pull him from the pickup truck cab and carry him to safety.
Anderson County Emergency Medical Services and the Oak Ridge Fire Department treated West at the scene, but he was taken to the UT hospital due to the extent of his injuries.
The report said West was not using safety equipment, and he told Wallace he had drank two or three beers with friends in the Midtown/Harriman area. West consented to a blood draw, and the results are pending, Wallace said.
The city estimated the damage to the utility poles and concrete curbs exceeded $6,000, Wallace reported.
UT Medical Center spokeswoman Susan Wyatt said she did not have information on when West was released.