Huntsville, TN (2018-10-23) One person was seriously injured when the side-by-side she was riding in rolled over in a remote section of mountainous terrain near Norma Monday afternoon.
It took emergency workers nearly four hours to reach and extricate a 61-year-old female occupant of a Polaris Rzr 1000 side-by-side that rolled over around 4:00 p.m. Monday afternoon in the Green Branch area of Montgomery. Authorities say the victim, who was a passenger, was ejected when the driver lost control of the off-road vehicle and careered down a twenty-foot embankment. The vehicle reportedly rolled over at least twice in the crash. The victim was tossed to the ground, and she reportedly suffered a possible broken hip and/or pelvis.
Authorities learned of the accident when a member of the victim’s riding party was finally able to get cell phone service. Those same conditions hindered emergency services responding to the scene, as crews didn’t have cell phone service and limited two-way radio communications in the remote area. A rider traveling with the victim met emergency workers near the Norma Missionary Baptist Church, which was used as a pseudo command center for emergency workers. Paramedic Rick Russ of the Scott County Ambulance Service reportedly rode with the witness to the scene and assessed the patient’s condition, while the Scott County Rescue Squad mobilized and transported other emergency workers there.
It took emergency responders nearly two hours to travel the roughly six miles of treacherous terrain between the crash site and the church. The victim was transported by LifeStar air ambulance from the church to U.T. Medical Center in Knoxville.
The victim was reportedly riding with a group of three side-by-sides enjoying an outing in the Royal Blue Wildlife Management Area. The other occupant of the vehicle that crashed was not injured.