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Bug distracts driver, causing head-on wreck; occupant trapped in burning vehicle

Staff Report • Jul 22, 2009 at 12:00 AM

According to a report by the Morristown Citizen Tribune, a bug that distracted a driver caused a crash that shut down East Andrew Johnson Highway Tuesday.Fletcher Porter, 19, of Brights Pike in Russellville was driving west on East A.J. at about 6 p.m. when a flying bug in the cab of his GMC Sierra distracted him, according to a Morristown Police report.When Porter looked up, he saw that Debra Young’s Pontiac G6 – being driven by Jeffery Helm, 16, of Bulls Gap – was stopped for a turning vehicle. Porter swerved, clipping the G6 – which contained a total of five passengers – and pulled into the path of Mark Short’s Acura.Porter’s GMC – which was hauling a lawn mower trailer – and Short’s Acura hit head-on. The force of the impact was enough to turn the GMC 180 degrees.Short, 41 of Bulls Gap, was trapped in his vehicle which was on fire. Morristown firefighters extinguished the flames.Short was stuck in the wreck, with leg injuries and a head laceration, for about 25 minutes before members of the Hamblen County Rescue Squad could extract him from the wreck. CLICK HERE for the full report.

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