Just prior to 2 p.m., the first of two accidents involving vehicle rollovers occurred in Bradley County on Benton Pike in the vicinity of the Chatata Valley Golf Course.
A Chevrolet SUV was traveling outbound on Benton Pike when it left the roadway and flipped landing on its side, according to Stan Clark, EMS public information officer.
The adult male driver was ejected and ended up pinned underneath the vehicle.
Bradley County EMS responded three ambulances to the scene. Bradley County Fire and Rescue responded as well and used lifesaving rescue equipment to lift the SUV off the patient.
EMS responders immediately recognized the seriousness of the injuries and requested air medical to respond to the scene. Lifeforce helicopter from Erlanger landed on the golf course, Clark said.
The patient was stabilized and flown to Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga with serious and possible critical injuries.
One other patient was transported from the scene. This was an adult female who had stopped to help initially when the crash occurred. She suffered what appeared to be a snake bite. She was transported to Sky Ridge Medical Center for evaluation.
As the helicopter was lifting off EMS crews received another call for a vehicle rollover on Trewhitt Road in Southeast Bradley County near the 4000 block, according to Clark.
Bradley County EMS responded one ambulance to the scene. When emergency crews arrived, they found an SUV on its top.
A 50-year-old female was the driver and the only person in the vehicle. Bradley County Fire and Rescue had to stabilize the SUV so the patient could be safely removed, Clark noted.
She was transported to Sky Ridge Medical Center in stable condition.