By Nathan Baker
A Biltmore man was extricated from the vehicle he was driving Thursday afternoon when he lost control and struck a bridge, a Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper said.
Trooper Sgt. Diane Mays said the male driver, who was not yet identified, was transported by ambulance from the scene to Johnson City Medical Center complaining of back injuries that did not appear to be life threatening.
Mays said the driver was traveling southbound on the Old Bristol Highway in a red Chevy Cavalier, which was registered to Stacy Clare of 137 Captain Ave., when he slid into a small roadside creek and struck the concrete bridge of a home at 1677 Old Bristol Highway.
Homeowner Debra Sams said she heard the crash and came out of her home to investigate, finding the smashed car.
“I heard the crunch and looked out the door and saw it laying there up against our bridge,” she said. “It sounded like he hit pretty hard.”
When emergency workers with the Carter County Rescue Squad and Watauga Volunteer Fire Department arrived on the scene, they found the driver trapped in the badly damaged vehicle complaining of back pain and having trouble breathing.
They used the “jaws of life” and other cutting tools to remove the Cavalier’s roof and get the driver into the awaiting ambulance.