A diabetic must keep careful watch on his or her blood sugar levels or risk having a diabetic emergency. Some sources have reported that diabetic emergencies can be mild and merely cause irritability in the person with diabetes until blood sugar levels are raised. On the other hand, diabetic emergencies can result in loss of motor functions, consciousness, or even put the diabetic in a long-term coma. A recent diabetic emergency in Wilson County has caused a car crash and left a sheriff's department employee hospitalized.
A 62-year-old diabetic woman was on Interstate 40 at around 2:30 in the afternoon when her car drifted into an unmarked sheriff's car, causing an accident. The woman was from Mount Juliet and was heading east in her 2001 Buick Sentry when her blood sugar levels caused a diabetic emergency. According to reports, the woman, who had been driving next to a 1998 Ford Crown Victoria, started to drift into the Crown Victoria's lane. The unmarked Ford was being driven by an employee of the Wilson County Sheriff's Office.
As the woman's car drifted into the employee's lane, it nudged his car into the median. The employee attempted to correct his car, but he lost control and the car started to travel across the interstate. The Ford crossed its own lane and the neighboring lane before it left the highway. The employee crashed off the side of the highway and struck the bordering tree line.
It is unclear whether there was any damage to the vehicles or if the woman stopped after the accident. She and her passenger were uninjured and both had been wearing seat belts. Police report, however, that the Sheriff's Office employee was not wearing a seat belt and was treated at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He sustained injuries, but a hospital spokeswoman told The Tennessean that he was in stable condition.