CARYVILLE, TN (SPECIAL TO WLAF) – Officers from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) are investigating a non-fatal off-highway vehicle (OHV) incident on North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area (WMA). See a previous related story HERE.

Officers responded to a call at approximately 5:46 P.M. on Sunday, May 21, 2023, about an accident involving a Jeep on Turley Mountain. The vehicle went over the embankment, ejecting all five occupants. The driver was temporarily trapped under the vehicle until passengers were able to lift the vehicle off. The driver sustained substantial injuries and was transported to the University of Tennessee Medical Center for evaluation. Passengers in the vehicle were uninjured.

Campbell County Sheriff’s Department and Campbell County Search and Rescue (CORRECTION – The La Follette Rescue Squad) also responded to the scene. The incident remains under investigation at this time.

OHV riders are reminded to buckle-up when operating vehicles. Helmets are required for riders under the age of 18, and consuming alcohol while operating a vehicle is prohibited. Riders should always stay on designated trails for safety and to prevent damage to wildlife habitats. North Cumberland WMA officials respond to more than 50 life-threatening OHV accidents each year due to the difficulty of terrain, user error, and alcohol-related impairments. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 05/22/2023-3PM)