Three Injured In Sat. Accident on Hwy. 127



A grinding head-on traffic accident Saturday, March 21 on Highway 127 in the Grimsley community sent three  persons to out-of-town hospitals with serious injuries.

According to reports, at approximately 6:30 a.m. Saturday morning, local fire, rescue, ambulance and other emergency personnel were dispatched to a 2-vehicle traffic accident just north of the Banner Springs intersection of Highway 127.

According to investigating officers, the accident involved a 2008 Dodge pickup truck, driven by Robert Bise, age 79, of Allardt and a 1995 Ford Ranger pickup, driven by Joshua Dalton, 29, of Jamestown.

Reports indicated that Mr. Bise was traveling south when the northbound Dalton Ford Ranger crossed the center line, veering into the path of the Bise Dodge, with the vehicles colliding head-on.

Both Mr. Bise and his wife, Lois Bise, age 69, a passenger in the Dodge pickup, were transported by Fentress County Ambulance Service to Cumberland Medical Center for treatment of injuries thought to be serious.

Mr. Dalton was transported to Jamestown Regional Medical Center by Fentress Co. Ambulance Service where he was treated and then airlifted to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga, also believed to have serious injuries.

Mr. Dalton, who works the night shift and was on his way home from work, was believed to have fallen asleep, causing him to veer across the the center line into the path of the Bise vehicle.

Both vehicles were totaled in the accident, which was investigated by Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Marty Brown, assisted at the scene by officers from the Fentress Co. Sheriff’s Office and personnel from the Fentress County Ambulance Service, units from the Fentress Co. Volunteer Fire Department, Rescue Squad, and Fentress County EMA.

The incident curtailed traffic through the area for more than an hour while the injured were treated and transported and  the accident was being investigated.