Note: This story was last updated at 9:30 p.m.
A 21-year-old motorcyclist was flown to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville after crashing into an Oak Ridge Electric Department utility truck at the intersection of Illinois Avenue and Oak Ridge Turnpike on Sunday morning, authorities said.
The motorcyclist, identified as Brandon W. Wyrick of Clinton, was going north on a 1999 Yamaha V-Star on Illinois Avenue when he did not stop at a red light at Oak Ridge Turnpike, the Tennessee Highway Patrol said in a preliminary report.
The Electric Department’s 2011 Freightliner was going south on Oak Ridge Turnpike and was legally going through the intersection at Illinois Avenue when Wyrick failed to stop, the THP said. The motorcycle hit the right front side of the utility truck.
Wyrick was treated at the crash site and taken to Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge by an Anderson County EMS ambulance. He was then flown to UT Medical Center by a Lifestar helicopter, the Oak Ridge Police Department said in a press release.
Wyrick’s condition was reported to be critical at about 9:30 p.m. Sunday, according to UT Medical Center.
The driver of the Electric Department truck was not injured. He was identified as 28-year-old Stephen Hutton of Lenoir City.
The crash was reported at about 6:55 a.m. Sunday. The intersection was closed for more than three hours, and it re-opened at about 10:40 a.m.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol was called to the scene by the Oak Ridge Police Department to investigate the crash. THP and ORPD both investigated.
The Oak Ridge Public Works Department assisted with lane closures and detours.
The THP report said Wyrick was wearing a helmet, but charges are pending for traffic light and motorcycle endorsement violations.
Hutton, the city employee, was wearing a seat belt and was not injured, the THP said.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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