Technology deserves a big thank you for possibly saving a man’s life after he wrecked off Interstate 26 Sunday afternoon.
At approximately 3:10 p.m., a male caller dialed 911 to report that he had wrecked and was injured. Dispatchers Tyler Lynch and Eddie Foster were working on Sunday when the call came in. and the injured man said he was on Interstate 240.
Lynch knew the information was incorrect and through the 911 map system, he was able to pinpoint the man’s GPS (global positioning system) location from his cell phone.
Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Bob Hampton found the wreck, which couldn’t be seen from the roadway, at the 46 mile marker of I-26 in the East bound direction.
“Not all cell phones have this GPS map capability, but this was an update we made several months ago and it has proven to work,” said Sheriff Kent Harris.
Suffering from head injuries, medical workers made the decision to transport the man via WINGS Air Rescue to Johnson City Medical Center. The landing zone was set up at the Welcome Center off the Clear Branch exit.