BCEMS Director Danny Lawson said Friday that Warren Drew Ingram, 22, was involved in the crash on Highway 64 early Wednesday morning which took the lives of William F. Rogers, 74, and Judith L. Rogers, 73. The couple was from Hiawassee, Ga., according to information provided by the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
THP trooper Cameron Azbill noted in his report that Ingram had been drinking and further testing was requested.
“Pending the outcome of the investigation and recovery [from] his injuries Mr. Ingram has, as a precaution, been removed from our present scheduling,” Lawson said in a media release.
According to Lawson, Ingram has worked for BCEMS as an emergency medical technician. He has been employed part time for approximately eight months. Lawson described Ingram as “trustworthy, dependable and never exhibiting any behavior problem.”
According to Azbill, Ingram’s Toyota truck crossed the centerline as it traveled east on Highway 64, crossing into the path of the Rogers’ Chevrolet truck which was pulling a boat.
The two vehicles collided, causing the boat to come loose from the Rogers’ vehicle. The two were pronounced dead at the scene, according to the report.
West Polk Emergency Management Agency Director Steve Lofty also responded to the scene to assist.
“The East Polk Fire and Rescue personnel worked diligently at the scene of the crash. They had responded to several incidents leading up to this crash and kept right on going through the long day as the trooper completed his investigation,” Lofty said.
Lofty indicated the couple was heavily entrapped in their vehicle.
According to Azbill, Ingram was transported to SkyRidge Medical for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. Criminal charges could be pending, according to his report.
All three people involved in the crash were reportedly properly restrained at the time of the crash.