published Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Man injured in fall from interstate overpass in Coffee County

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A 22-year-old Coffee County man is in stable condition this morning after falling Thursday from the state Highway 127 overpass of Interstate 24 near Hillsboro, Tenn., family members said.

Initial reports from the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department announced the man’s death.

“I don’t know how that came across,” Sheriff Steve Graves said. “We knew he was still living. It must have been a misunderstanding.”

Jessey Wooten was walking along the overpass when something caused him to fall, according to his aunt, Teresia McGuire.

“He has a broken hip, broken arm, kidney and spleen damage,” McGuire said this morning. “But doctors said he’s going to live.”

Graves said Wooten fell off the overpass “to the side of the pavement,” into some gravel. Investigators have not determined a cause.

Wooten currently is hooked up to a breathing machine in the intensive care unit at Erlanger hospital in Chattanooga, McGuire said.

“Nobody really knows why [he fell],” McGuire said.

McGuire said her nephew is a factory worker.

The sheriff said investigators today are questioning several drivers who witnessed the fall.

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