Capt. Anthony Buck of the Elizabethton Police Department responded to the accident at 6:45 p.m. Sunday. He said he was met by an adult man and woman who said the man’s girlfriend had fallen through a piece of wood that had been covering the pit. He described the hole as being approximately 20 feet deep.
Buck reported that the pit was part of a holding pond on the North American Rayon property. He said the woman had been rescued and was being treated at the scene when he arrived. The woman was then transported to Sycamore Shoals Hospital for treatment of her minor injuries.
Buck went to the speak with the woman. He said she told him the three of them had been on the paved Linear Path Bike Trail, exploring various locations in the area when the dog that had been with them got away.
The woman said she was searching for the dog when she came across the area where she had fallen into the pit.
Buck said he asked the woman if she had seen the “No Trespassing” signs, and the woman said they had not seen them.
The man said he had entered the old and closed Carter County Recycling Center while searching for a way to get his girlfriend out of the pit.
Buck said the due to the totality of the circumstances, he did not cite the group on trespassing charges, but advised them to stay out of the property marked “no trespassing.”