A retired educator is in a Tennessee hospital in serious condition after he wrecked his all-terrain vehicle (ATV) Monday morning while turkey hunting.
Bill Caudill, 68, of Blackey, was driving an ATV at Judy Branch when the ATV rolled down a mountain. Caudill called relatives on his cell phone around 8 a.m. on April 25 to say he wrecked his side-by-side ATV and was injured.
Emergency medical technicians from Letcher Fire and Rescue were unable to get to Caudill by vehicle. Members of Pine Mountain Search and Rescue and neighbors carried him in a Stokes basket to a nearby trail. Caudill was loaded into a rescue ATV and driven off the mountain.
Wings Air Rescue paramedics met Caudill halfway up the trail and administered additional aid. He was flown to Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tenn.
Officials with Pine Mountain Search and Rescue said Caudill was apparently wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident, but either slipped from it during the accident or removed it after the ATV overturned.
Caudill was found several feet from the ATV, which was about 150 feet from the nearest access trail.
Caudill is a former principal at West Whitesburg Elementary School and director of curriculum in the Letcher County Public School System. He also served as superintendent of the Jenkins Independent School System for four years.
Caudill was company commander of the U.S. Army Reserve Center in Letcher County, who achieved the rank of lieutenant colonel.