A 23 year old man was seriously injured in a traffic accident around 3:50 a.m. Friday morning on Highway 56 south near Sink Creek.
Sergeant Billy Prater of the Tennessee Highway Patrol says Jose M. Castillo of McMinnville was driving north in a 1998 Dodge Dakota pickup truck when he failed to negotiate a curve after cresting a hill, went off the right side of the road, traveled 317 feet down a ditch line, struck the end of a guard rail, and continued another 163 feet. The truck overturned several times before it finally came to rest on it's right side at a drainage ditch.
Sergeant Prater says three other motorists on Highway 56 struck a portion of the guardrail that protruded out in the road after the crash, but none of them was injured.
Prater says Castillo was airlifted from near the scene and flown to either Vanderbilt or Erlanger Hospital.
In addition to DeKalb EMS, members of the DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department and Sheriff's Department assisted at the scene.