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Video Report - Driver swerving to avoid animal plows into cornfield

October 20th, 2008 12:00 am by Jeff Bobo

SURGOINSVILLE — The driver wasn’t injured, but about 100 feet of corn was wiped out Monday afternoon when a van left Route 346 near Surgoinsville and came to rest in the middle of a cornfield.

Frank Seal, 65, 202 Jefferson Drive, Church Hill, told the Tennessee Highway Patrol the accident occurred when he swerved to miss an animal in the roadway.

The accident occurred shortly after 1 p.m. Monday as Seal was driving a 1996 Chevrolet van on Route 346 just east of the Surgoinsville town limits heading toward town.

The property owner joked with the rescuers that he might open a new corn maze where his corn had been flattened.

Investigating THP Trooper Billy Collier said he didn’t anticipate any citations being issued against Seal.

The Carters Valley Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene, as did Hawkins County EMS. Seal was treated at the scene.

“He has pre-existing health conditions, and I don’t think there’s any injuries from the wreck,” Collier said. “He stated that (an animal ran out in front of him), and I’m not saying that didn’t happen, but there’s no sign of any impact with an animal. It doesn’t make our report if there’s no impact.

“Certain circumstances have to occur for that to make our report.

Collier added, “As far as our crash (report) is concerned, one vehicle traveling south, the driver ran off the road, struck a ditch and ran through a cornfield.”

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