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Driver Seriously Injured After Crashing Down Ravine Into Tree

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WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Tenn. – An 18-year-old driver was seriously injured when he crashed his car down a ravine into a tree above the Harpeth River in Williamson County.

It took rescue crews about two hours to extricate Harrison H. Enkema, of Franklin, from the vehicle along Cotton Lane.

A Tennessee Highway Patrol report said Enkema was driving his 1999 Acura along Cotton Lane when he lost control and went off the right shoulder around 4 a.m. He then overcorrected, crossed back over the roadway, and the car went airborne before it struck a tree with its roof, suspending it above the Harpeth River.

Crews were able to get him out of the vehicle around 6:15 a.m. Enkema was taken by ambulance to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville with critical injuries. LifeFlight was called to the scene, but could not land due to fog.

Authorities launched boats into the River to search for a passenger shortly after the rescue, but later determined Enkema was in the vehicle alone. 

The THP said he will be charged with DUI and reckless driving.

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