A local man was airlifted Thursday morning after his Jeep Cherokee went off Miller Road and crashed into a chain link fence and a wooden swimming pool fence in the back yard of a residence near the intersection of Cooper Avenue.
Corporal Travis Bryant of the Smithville Police Department told WJLE that 66 year old Danny Rigsby was driving west on Miller Road in a 1999 Jeep Cherokee when the vehicle went off the street, struck a guide wire to a utility pole, and then ran through a chain link fence and struck the deck and wooden fence around the swimming pool. No one was in the pool at the time. Some of the supports for the pool were knocked out from the collision, according to Corporal Bryant. After making impact with the fences, the vehicle struck a dirt embankment and then came back up onto the street where it stopped.
Members of the Smithville Volunteer Fire Department and DeKalb EMS rushed to the scene.
Rigsby was taken by ambulance to the Joe L Evins ball park nearby where a helicopter ambulance landed to airlift him to Vanderbilt Hospital.
The accident is under investigation by the Smithville Police Department.