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UPDATE 2: Medical helicopter makes hard landing after responding to wreck

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POLK COUNTY, TN (WRCB) -- 

An Air Evac helicopter made a hard landing in Polk County after picking up a patient hurt in a car crash, Monday evening.

The car crash happened just before 5pm on Towee Pike near Highway 315.

According to a witness statement, a 1996 Ford Ranger with three people inside got into an accident. Apparently, the vehicle had gotten stuck; the driver backed up and then pulled forward, striking a passenger who was standing outside of the vehicle.

The vehicle occupants then put the passenger in the bed of the truck and continued travel.

The vehicle was traveling eastbound on Towee Pike, went off the right shoulder of the road, overcorrected and crashed into an embankment, ejecting the passenger from the bed of the truck.

Air Evac was called to transport the passenger. The other two occupants were going to the hospital by ambulance.

As the Air Evac was leaving the scene it hit some power lines and came back down.

The crew and patient in the Air Evac were not hurt in the hard landing.

Authorities called for more medical helicopters and all three patients from the car crash were transported by air to Erlanger.

At 10 p.m., the three patients were listed in stable condition, according to Erlanger.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol is handling the follow-up investigation, charges are pending. Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash.

The FAA was called to investigate the helicopter incident.

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