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Chief: No improvement for Erwin policeman injured in crash

March 4th, 2014 4:37 pm by Brad Hicks

Chief: No improvement for Erwin policeman injured in crash

Patrolman Gregg Copp

ERWIN — An Erwin policeman injured in a single-vehicle accident early Monday morning remains in the intensive care unit at Johnson City Medical Center, Erwin Police Chief Regan Tilson said Tuesday afternoon.

Patrolman Gregg Copp, 55, remained listed in serious condition at JCMC, Tilson said.

"His condition has not approved as of yet," Tilson said.

Copp, who has been with the Erwin Police Department since January, was injured when his cruiser crashed just after midnight. Tilson said Copp was on his way to work and swerved to avoid a deer in the roadway along Temple Hill Road. According to a crash report from Tennessee Highway Patrol, Copp then lost control of the vehicle and went over an embankment.

Tilson also said there was a witness to the crash who confirmed Copp had swerved to avoid the deer.

Crews responded to the scene, and Copp was taken to JCMC. Tilson said Monday that Copp wearing his seat belt and police vest likely reduced the severity of Copp's injuries.

"He's holding on, but he's definitely got some serious injuries," Tilson said Monday. "He will have a lengthy recovery."

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