For the third time since about noon Saturday, a Lifestar medical helicopter on Monday afternoon picked up a patient injured in a car crash in Oliver Springs.
The 1 p.m. Monday crash involved an Old Dominion truck driven by Steven Mayfield and a car driven by Lyndsay Phillips of Oneida. The truck was turning from eastbound Tri County Boulevard onto Knoxville Highway, or State Highway 62, headed toward Morgan County, Oliver Springs Police Chief Kenneth Morgan said. He said the car was traveling west toward Harriman on the Boulevard.
Phillips was flown to the University of Tennessee Medical Center by Lifestar, Morgan said.
Oak Ridge fire photographer Tom Scott said the Oliver Springs Fire Department, Oliver Springs Police Department, and Anderson County EMS responded. The Oak Ridge Fire Department responded on a mutual aid request and assisted in extricating the driver from the car.
Scott said it’s the third time since noon on Saturday that Lifestar has landed near the Kelleytown Baptist Church.
The other two crashes occurred Saturday. Morgan said the first one, a one-vehicle accident around mid-day Saturday, occurred when Travis Swint of Morgan County ran off the roadway on Knoxville Highway at Lookout Avenue and the vehicle rolled over in the parking lot of the TOPS building when it came out of a large ditch.
The rollover occurred in the Morgan County portion of Oliver Springs. Scott said the Morgan County Rescue Squad responded and helped the Oliver Springs Fire Department get the driver out of the vehicle. He said the driver was transported to the Lifestar landing zone at the Kelleytown Baptist Church by an Anderson County Emergency Medical Services ambulance. The landing zone was set up by the Blair Fire Department in Roane County. The patient was transported to UT Hospital by Lifestar, Scott said.
The third crash, a two-vehicle collision just before 10 p.m. on Saturday, resulted in the death of one driver, John E. Manis Jr., 57, of Harriman. That wreck occurred on State Highway 61 just outside Oliver Springs in Roane County, and the Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated.
The driver of the second vehicle in that crash was identified as a 17-year-old female, and Scott said she was flown to UT by Lifestar.
He said the Oak Ridge Fire Department responded on a mutual aid request, which was canceled while the ORFD was responding. Other responders included the Oliver Spring Police Department, the Anderson County EMS, the Roane County Sheriff’s Department, and the THP, which conducted the investigation.
More information will be added as it becomes available.