Trion Police have released a report an accident that happened Thursday shortly after 6:00am. It appears that the driver of a mini van may have had a medical issue that contributed to not one, but two separate accidents.
Trion Police responded to a 9-1-1 call about a hit and run accident in which a mini van, traveling at a high rate of speed, struck a 2003 Toyota Echo driven by Zachary Harkins. Harkins told the responding officer that he was traveling north on Highway 27 when the van struck him in the rear of his vehicle.
The van then side swiped the Toyota and turned into the path of his vehicle, causing him to strike the passenger side of the van. The van kept going, and Harkins followed it while calling 9-1-1. Harkins said the van traveled to 251 First Street and stopped at a residence, but then took off at a high rate of speed.
Police found the van wedged between the roadway in front of Mount Vernon Mills and the train trestle.
According to the officer’s report, “Upon approaching the van I could see a single female occupant in the driver’s seat who was unresponsive. When I opened the door, the female was conscious but disoriented”.
The vehicle was on fire when police arrived and the woman was extracted from the vehicle; EMT’s on the scene said the woman’s blood sugar was extremely low.
The driver was identified as Pamela Fore in the report. Fore will be charged in connection with the accident and with the damage to the Chattooga & Chickamauga Railway.
(AM1180 Chattooga County Radio)