PORTLAND TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – A Portland man received “multiple traumatic injuries” and was in critical condition Monday evening after losing control of his vehicle and impacting a parked trailer Monday afternoon.
Ronnie F. Cole Source: Portland Funeral Chapel
The accident is still under investigation but officials believe the driver (Ronnie F. Cole, age 59 of Portland) left Hwy 31w, traveled through a field and then through a fence coming to rest beneath the trailer at a loading dock off of Fred White Blvd. Location of wreck
Portland Firefighters removed the roof of the vehicle in order to free Cole from the tangled mess. After a lengthy extrication Cole was transported via Life-flight to Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville in Critical condition with multiple traumatic injuries, according to Russell Gupton, Robertson County Emergency Medical Services assistant director.
Unfortunately the injuries Mr. Cole sustained from the accident proved to be to much for him and he passed away the next day at Vanderbilt Medical Center.
According to Gupton, Cole may have experienced a medical emergency prior to the accident.
Ronnie was a welder by trade and worked for United Structures of America for nearly 25 years, according to his online obituary. To read Mr Cole’s entire obituary click here. For an online photo album click here.
Smokey’s thoughts and prayers are with the Cole family as they face this tragedy.
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