Jamey Byington, 20, 129 Sizemore Lane, Rogersville, was westbound on 11-W Thursday shortly before 8 a.m. when, according to Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Billy Collier, the 1984 Ford pickup Byington was driving lost control and left the highway.
Collier said a combination of speed and overcorrecting contributed to the accident, which occurred near the Far Side Road intersection.
Collier said the vehicle slid sideways for a long distance before jumping the curb and crashing through a fence.
The truck then struck a large dirt embankment and came to rest.
Collier said Byington was not wearing a seat belt.
When he impacted with the embankment, his head struck the driver’s side door of the pickup causing serious trauma, Collier added.
Byington was transported to Holston Valley Medical Center by Wings Air Rescue, where he remained listed in critical condition Thursday evening.
No other vehicles were involved, and Byington was the lone occupant of the pickup.
“The road surface was dry,” Collier said. “A witness said he just lost control.”
The accident remains under investigation, and charges are pending.