A Brownsville man was injured today in a bicycle accident that resulted in him being air lifted to a Nashville hospital.
According to Brownsville Police Chief Jeff Jewell, Glenn Thacker (30), of Brownsville, was headed down the hill on Oak Hill Road coming from Brownsville when he met an oncoming vehicle. Chief Jewell said it was likely Mr. Thacker was traveling very fast for a bike and he swerved quickly as he met the vehicle. Jewell said that Thacker's bike then exited the left side of the road, traveled down a steep embankment, and came to rest in a thick patch of trees and brush, where the operator was thrown from the bike.
Emergency workers were able to place Thacker on a stretcher, which was then winched up the hill by a Brownsville Fire Department vehicle.
Thacker was transported by Edmonson EMS to the parking lot next to Edmonson County Public Library, where he was then air lifted to Skyline Medical Center in Nashville by Air-Evac helicopter.
"He was having difficulty breathing and experiencing extreme pain in his side," said the Chief. "We're unsure of his injuries at this time but they appear to be non-life threatening."
Chief Jewell said Mr. Thacker was alert and was speaking with emergency workers.
The Chief also said the investigation showed that the other vehicle was not officially involved in the accident, as the car appeared to be on the correct side of the road and no contact was made, which Jewell said Mr. Thacker confirmed. The driver and passenger of the vehicle immediately stopped and tried to help, as well as a neighbor, who was driving close by.
Jewell also noted that Mr. Thacker was not wearing a helmet.
Responding to the scene was the Brownsville Fire Dept, Edmonson EMS, Brownsville Police, and Air-Evac.