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Driver injured after run from law
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James Victors was driving a white Ford truck out of Cannon County before wrecking in Warren County. He was being pursued by a Cannon County deputy before running off the side of Highway 70 and hitting an embankment. - photo by Taylor Moore

A Kentucky man was badly injured in a single-car accident on New Nashville Highway Thursday evening.

Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Rodney Whiles said, “Around 4:30 p.m., an off-duty Cannon County EMS employee got behind a white truck heading eastbound on Highway 70.” They were driving up the hill leaving Woodbury when the EMS employee told dispatch that the truck was driving erratically.

Kentucky resident James Victors, 42, was driving a 2011 White Ford F-250 inbound. Whiles said, “A Cannon County Deputy attempted to stop the car, but he kept going.” Victors was reportedly erratic with his speed, accelerating and slowing down and was all over the road as he approached Warren County. “He almost got stuck in the median at the Warren County line,” Whiles added.

After passing Crisp Springs Road in Warren Co., Victors reportedly lost control of the vehicle, struck the guard rail on the right side of the road, hit a sign, and made an impact with a large embankment. According to Whiles, the impact turned the truck almost completely around. The truck came to a rest on the right side of the inbound lane of Hwy 70. 

Whiles said, “He was unrestrained and partially ejected. CPR was immediately administered.” Victors was airlifted to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga and is expected to recover. It’s still unknown if drugs were a factor in the wreck. 

There will be charges pending from the Cannon County Sheriff’s Department and the Tennessee Highway Patrol once Victors is released from the hospital.