Lenoir City man critical after Dragon accident

By Jessica Stith
of The Daily Times Staff

A Lenoir City man was in critical condition Thursday after he was thrown off his motorcycle while riding on the Dragon.

Jesse Matthew Tremaine, 49, Lenoir City, was taken by Lifestar helicopter to University of Tennessee Medical Center following the wreck.

According to Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper James Dalton, Tremaine was riding a black 2008 Ducati Hypermotard southbound on Calderwood Highway and "entered a curve going too fast" near mile marker 2.8, at an area known as "Gravity Cavity." 
"He locked up his back brake, causing the motorcycle to skid," Dalton said.

His motorcycle left the edge of the roadway, causing the bike to go sideways and Tremaine was thrown off. Tremaine hit the roadway about 15 feet away from where the motorcycle was found, Dalton said.

Dalton said Tremaine was wearing a helmet and full protective gear. He was riding a section of Calderwood Highway known as the Dragon, an 11.1-mile stretch of road with 318 curves between Tab Cat Creek and Deals Gap, N.C.

A witness reported to Dalton that they saw Tremaine come through that section of the Dragon several times and he was "getting a little faster each time."

Rural/Metro Ambulance Service personnel, Blount County Sheriff's deputies and members of the Blount County Volunteer Rescue Squad all responded to the scene. A landing zone was set up, where the medic helicopter picked up Tremaine and took him to UT Medical Center.