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Constable hurt in crash on way to constable funeral

August 22nd, 2011 11:46 pm by John Thompson

ROAN MOUNTAIN — For the second time this month a Carter County constable has been involved in a serious crash in his cruiser.
Constable Leonard Johnson was injured Monday afternoon in a head-on collision on U.S. Highway 19E near Crab Orchard.
Carter County Sheriff Chris Mathes said he had been to Johnson City Medical Center to check on the constable and found him to be in stable condition in the Intensive Care Unit.
“He had multiple broken ribs and a compound fracture of an ankle,” Mathes said. The sheriff did not know the identity of the driver of the other vehicle, but said she suffered a broken femur and was stable.
Mathes said the accident was investigated by the Critical Incident Response Team of the Tennessee Highway Patrol and at the time he spoke with the Press, he did not know the cause of the accident or who was at fault.
Mathes said the accident happened around 5 p.m. Mathes said Johnson was airlifted to the medical center.
The sheriff said Johnson was driving to attend the funeral of fellow Constable Ross Potter, who died Friday as a result of injuries Potter suffered in an Aug. 4 accident near the intersection of Tenn. Highway 91 and Blue Springs Road. His passenger, Jeanne B. Leonard, was killed in the accident. Potter’s sedan left the right side of the road and traveled some distance before re-entering the highway and crossing all lanes before crossing Blue Springs Road and striking a utility pole head on.

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