Jefferson County Deputy Stable After Being Hit By Car

By: Carrie Thompson
By: Carrie Thompson

Jefferson County (WVLT) - A sheriff's deputy is in the hospital with some broken bones after being hit by a car.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol says Sheriff's Deputy Ben Hammer responded to the scene of a broken down tractor trailer last night on U.S. Highway 411.

"While the officer was directing traffic around this broken down vehicle, that's when he was struck," says Lt. Jerry Higgs with the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

Higgs says the driver of the car that hit deputy Hammer, Troy Turner, was on his way to work.

"In the driver's statement, (Turner) said he did not see the officer," says Lt. Higgs.

Deputy hammer was airlifted to U.T. Medical Center.

He has some broken bones and is listed in stable condition.

Officers have not yet determined if there will be any charges.


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  • by know the facts on Aug 19, 2007 at 04:23 AM
    its only department policy not osha or ansi get it right
  • by all the facts Location: knox county on Aug 18, 2007 at 03:41 PM
    yesterday I drove through the AJ HWY @ Rush Strong school zone during the busy busy AM rush and both deputies had their safety vests on. I have NEVER even in bad weather seen them wear their safety vests and I drive through this zone every day. Fri afternoon the 1 deputy with poorly lit "undercover" lights on was NOT wearing a safety vest clearly in violation of all OSHA and ANSI class 3 standards and plain common sense when in or near a roadway.
  • by Deputy too Location: Jefferson Co. on Aug 17, 2007 at 06:03 AM
    What are flashing lights for, speed up!! Let's see flashing lights on a BIG wrecker, flashing lights on a patrol car, usually that means people are going to be walking around, working the scene. Flashing lights are supposed to mean SLOW DOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!! Maybe if he had been watching the driving lane he wouldn't have hit Ben!!!!
  • by all the facts Location: Knox Co on Aug 16, 2007 at 09:51 PM
    guess he wasn't wearing his saftey vest that is supposed to be worn in or near the roadway. That's a political problem too.

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