A Lafayette man appears to have escaped any serious injury after crashing his 1998 Dodge pick up truck into the side of a house on Galen Road on Wednesday morning, June 6.
According to investigating officer, Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Tracy Donoho, 64-year-old Michael Mullins was traveling west on Galen Road when he traveled off of the north shoulder of the road and traveled through a yard before striking the residence located at 765 Galen Road.
According to Trooper Donoho, Mullins said he was passing another vehicle, and it appears he lost control of his truck when he tried to return to the right lane while going around a curve.
Because he was passing another vehicle in no passing zone, Trooper Donoho says he issued a citation to Mullins for failure to use due care.
After crashing into the residence, Mullins’ truck caught fire.
“There was a small fire, and the fire department was able to get on the scene pretty quickly to put that out,” said Trooper Donoho.
“Larry West with the sheriff’s department was the person that was able to pull the gentleman from the vehicle before anything bad happened,” said Trooper Donoho.
CaptainWest was the first officer on the scene and pulled Mullins from the rear window of his truck’s cab.
Mullins was examined by EMTs at the scene and released, according to Trooper Donoho, who says Mullins appeared unharmed and was not complaining of any possible internal injuries.
Trooper Donoho says Mullins’ son took him home from the scene.