Two teens injured in four-wheeler accident

By Jessica Stith of The Daily Times Staff

Two teens were flown to University of Tennessee Medical Center after an ATV accident on Morganton Road in Greenback on Sunday.

Marian O’Briant, public information officer for the Blount County Sheriff’s Office, said the accident occurred at 5:18 p.m. at a residence on Morganton Road in Greenback near Loudon County.

Tanner Zachary Keith, 15, Morganton Road, Greenback, and Zachary William Leshorne, 15, Pittsboro, Ind., were both flown from the scene of the accident by Lifestar helicopter to UT Medical Center. Leshorne was “breathing but not conscious when he left” and Keith was “conscious and alert,” O’Briant said.

According to UT Medical Center staff, information was not available on Keith and Leshorne’s conditions on Sunday night.

O’Briant said Keith and Leshorne were riding a Polaris Hawkeye four-wheeler in the backyard of Keith’s residence. Sheriff’s deputies reported that it appeared that the driver, Keith, hit a low spot in the yard. When that occurred, the back right tire dug in, “causing the four wheeler to flip several times.”

There were no witnesses to the accident, O’Briant said. There were helmets on the scene, but it is unknown whether either teen had them on when the accident occurred.

Greenback volunteer firefighters and members of the Loudon County Emergency Rescue Squad responded to the scene and assisted Rural/Metro Ambulance Service and sheriff’s deputies on the scene.