Trooper Joel Pennington, holding the tape measure, assisted Trooper Tim Kring in investigating the four-wheeler accident Wednesday morning that left a Crab Orchard Elementary School student in very serious condition.

Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

A parent's worst nightmare came true Wednesday morning when a man traveling a rural Cumberland County road rounded a curve to find his son underneath an all-terrain vehicle in the roadway, according to witnesses and the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

The father pulled the four-wheeler off his son and performed cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for up to 20 minutes before first responders arrived on the scene. The Tennessee Highway Patrol has not released the identity of the 12-year-old boy — who lives on Sawyer Ridge Rd. off McNeal Rd. near Hebbertsburg — or the parents' names because of the age of the young victim.

The accident occurred shortly before 9 a.m. on Hamby Lane, a narrow paved road that runs off Hedgecoth Rd. which runs off Hebbertsburg Rd. when the 12-year-old apparently lost control of his Yamaha 350 Big Bear four-wheeler. The ATV left the pavement, traveled a short distance in a slight ditch, then returned to the pavement where it flipped over and landed on top of the victim.

Witnesses who know the family and who were at the scene said the boy's father was working on a new residential construction site not far from the accident scene and that the boy was apparently traveling to the work site to be with his father. The father, traveling behind the youth, did not witness the accident but found the scene and, according to the same witnesses, began CPR when he found the child was not breathing and had no pulse.

The accident happened around five miles from the family home.

Cumberland County Emergency Medical Services, fire department and sheriff's department along with three Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers responded to the scene. AirEvac was called and landed nearby and then flew the victim to The University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville where he is reported to be in very critical condition at press time.

The 12-year-old is a student at Crab Orchard Elementary.

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