As reported by WKRN News 2, two agents with the 22nd Judicial Drug Task Force are recovering from serious injuries that were sustained in a crash on Friday morning, August 25th, in Lawrence County.
The crash happened around 10:30 a.m. in the eastbound lanes of Highway 64.
Bill Doelle, director of the 22nd Judicial Drug Task Force, said two agents were traveling eastbound on Highway 64 when a UPS truck, which was in the westbound lanes, turned in front of the agents’ car.
Authorities reported there was little time to avoid the collision, and the vehicle was traveling close to highway speeds upon impact.
Both agents were airlifted to hospitals in Nashville. One agent was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the other was taken to TriStar Skyline Medical Center.
The UPS driver was not transported from the scene, and it remains unclear if they sustained any injuries, Doelle said.
According to the task force, both agents suffered from extensive injuries. One of the agents has been identified as Jeff Mathis of Waynesboro.
On Sunday, Mathis’ wife gave an update on Mathis’ condition via social media. “He has been downgraded from the Trauma Unit to ICU. This is a great thing. He worked hard to do that this evening. He still has some hurdles, but you can’t keep that man from smiling and enjoying the people around him. Thanks to absolutely everyone who is praying and checking on him.”