Monday, August 19, 2013

Bass remains in critical condition
Knoxville man remains in critical condition Saturday evening as the result of injuries he sustained in a work-site mishap in Jefferson County earlier in the day. Jefferson County Sheriff G.W. "Bud" McCoig said Justin Randolph Bass, 32,Tolson Lane, Knoxville, was cleaning the outside of windows in a new home on Riverbend Drive, in the Scenic Shores subdivision, at the time of the 10:30am mishap. "He was in a bucket, on a fork-lift type apparatus and was extended to a height of about 60 feet when it began to roll", the sheriff said. The operator, Ian Zapower told investigators that the contractor of the project, told him the engine on the piece of equipment could be shut off. But when the engine was stopped, the piece of equipment began to roll backwards, with Zapower pushing on the brake to no avail, in an attempt to stop the machine. As it rolled, the fork-lift went onto rocks and flipped over coming to rest on it's side in the edge of Douglas Lake , approximately 50 yards from the home. which is owned by Lori Michaels. Bass was thrown onto the rocks and sustained severe head injuries. Sheriff McCoig said the home is located on the main channel of the lake. The Jefferson County Rescue Squad and Jefferson County EMS responded to the scene, off Highway 139, and assisted in getting Bass to a medical helicopter. He was flown to the U.T. Medical Center in Knoxville and admitted to the Trauma. Intensive Care Unit.

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