A Green Hill road man was airlifted Thursday after the tractor trailer he was driving overturned just north of Sink Creek on Highway 56 South.
Emergency personnel worked for more than an hour to extricate Jimmy McGowan, 66, from the overturned semi. According to Trooper Chris Delong of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, McGowan was traveling south on Highway 56 at just after 1 p.m. when his truck left the roadway on the right side.
The driver then overcorrected, causing the truck to travel across the highway, across a driveway, and into a ditch, chopping a utility pole in half in the process. The rig came to rest on its passenger side in a large ditch.
A chopper landed in a nearby field, and flew the victim to Vanderbilt Medical Center after he was freed from the wreckage.
While McGowan was carrying no cargo, the overturned trailer was partially blocking Highway 56, and traffic was diverted around the scene for several hours while Tim’s Truck Service wrestled the mangled semi from the ditch.
The DeKalb County Sheriff's Department, DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department, the Smithville Volunteer Fire Department, North Warren Fire Department DeKalb EMS and Vanderbilt Life Force assisted at the scene.