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FEMA supervisor hurt in Clarksville car accident on his way to help
Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || May 28, 2011
After the tornadoes and severe weather that have plagued Middle Tennessee in recent days -- on top of the flooding this year and last -- it's a tragedy when someone setting out to help storm victims is injured in a senseless car accident. Unfortunately, a FEMA supervisor for the team helping Stewart County with disaster recovery operations was seriously injured in a single-car wreck on Wednesday evening in Clarksville.
Police say that the Federal Emergency Management Agency supervisor, a 78-year-old man, was headed east on Dover Road in Clarksville on May 25 when he was involved in the single-vehicle car accident. According to evidence from the scene, he appears to have abruptly crossed the westbound lanes of traffic and then struck a telephone pole. His car overturned.
The man had to be extricated from his car, and he was taken by LifeFlight to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, where he was said to be in critical condition. His condition improved overnight, and he was upgraded to stable condition by Thursday.
It is unclear at this time what caused the car wreck. A spokesperson for the Clarksville police said that the man was part of the FEMA team helping Stewart County residents recover from Monday's tornado in the area. Driver fatigue may have been an issue, or the road may have been damaged by the storm. The cause of the single-car accident remains under investigation.
Two people were injured, ten homes were destroyed, and about 65 buildings were damaged in Monday night's tornado in Stewart County. The storm was an EF2 tornado, which left behind a path of destruction about 150 yards wide and stretching seven miles from Big Rock to Fort Campbell. A second powerful storm on Tuesday brought down trees and damaged homes across Middle Tennessee.