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18-Wheeler Runs Off the Road Striking Four Vehicles and The Cherokee County Health and Rehab Center

Taniesa L. Sullivan | The Weekly Ledger News

CENTRE - An 18-wheeler ran off the road at the Cherokee County Health and Rehab Center in Centre, Wednesday evening, hitting four parked vehicles causing one vehicle that was occupied with two individuals to be trapped and striking the facilities building.

Centre Fire Department, along with Cherokee County Rescue Service, Atrium Floyd EMS, Centre Police Department, and deputies with the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to the scene of the accident.

The two individuals in a black SUV were trapped, through collaborative efforts with the first responders, the wrecker services, and with the use of heavy extrication equipment the two individuals were able to be removed from the SUV. The extent of their injuries is unclear.

There was moderate damage to a wall of one wing at the facility and four people were transported to area hospitals for evaluation, including a resident from inside the rehab center to be checked as a precaution.

Cedar Bluff Road was completely shut down in front of the nursing home and traffic was detoured and rerouted for some time.

Centre Fire Chief Jeremy Lee said in a Facebook statement, "without the efforts from all agencies, this extrication would not have happened. We are grateful to have the ability to work with our surrounding agencies on scenes such as this one."

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