A 17-year-old Hopkins County man found injured along Interstate 30 was transported to an area trauma center early Monday morning. Officials are still investigating what caused the teen’s head injuries.
“We’re still not sure what happened,” Hopkins County Sheriff’s Chief Investigator Lewis Tatum said late Monday morning. “We don’t know if he was involved in an altercation reported about 2:30 in the morning at a trailer park nearby or if he was struck by a vehicle or what.”
The 17-year-old Hopkins County man apparently called 911 at 3:51 a.m. Monday from the side of Interstate 30. He indicated to the dispatcher he woke up at the location with his head bleeding but didn’t know what had happened to him.
HCSO Cpl. Walt Kimmel, deputies David Ray and Adrian Pruitt and Hopkins County Emergency Medical Services were dispatched to the 131 mile marker, where they found the teen along the road.
He was noted to be wearing dark clothing and was missing a shoe. He had an apparent knot and abrasions to the head from some type of apparent head trauma and likely had a concussion.
The teen was disoriented, and based on his accounting, is believed to have lost consciousness at some point. He maintained he had no recollection of what caused the damage. He was flown to an area trauma center Monday morning for his injury, which at that point was not thought to be life-threatening, but due to its nature was sent for expert evaluation.
Tatum said they were still investigating and had not been in contact with the teen later this morning to see if he remembered anything that might help them determine what occurred. Sheriff’s officers did note a disturbance reported around 2:30 a.m. Monday at a trailer park down the road from where the teen was located Monday morning, but had not determined whether or not he was involved.
They said based on his condition, it’s possible the teen may have been struck by a vehicle. It was dark and he was wearing dark clothing, and his condition was consistent with potential vehicular injuries, sheriff’s officers pointed out. Officials were following up on all possible leads in the incident.
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