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Herron recovering from bike accident

Herron recovering from bike accident

Posted: Tuesday, April 5, 2011 9:48 pm

Staff Reporter
Not even a punctured lung, broken collarbone and nine broken ribs could keep state Sen. Roy Herron off the floor of the Senate Monday afternoon.
Herron is recuperating from a serious bicycle crash he was involved in over the weekend in Rives but still managed to find his way to his seat on the Senate floor. Wearing a sling on his arm and with a few bumps and bruises to show for his bicycle crash, Herron said he had no intention of missing work.
Herron, an avid cyclist and runner, was riding his bicycle in Rives Sunday afternoon with a friend, Jason Ladd of Dyersburg, when he hit a patch of gravel on a 90-degree curve. He told The Messenger he had strong winds at his back and didn’t realize how fast he was going when he tried unsuccessfully to negotiate the curve.
Herron said he crashed his mountain bike and landed in a field next to the road.
Craig Lowrance and Spencer Walker, both of Union City, just happened to be driving by and noticed Herron and his predicament and rushed him to Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union City, where he was initially treated for his injuries.
“Quite frankly, my bike helmet saved my life,” Herron told The Messenger. “I’m very, very fortunate.”
He explained that he was bicycling in training for an upcoming Ironman competition in Louisville, Ky.
Herron was transferred to Vanderbilt Medical Center by airplane, since Sunday afternoon’s winds were too strong for a helicopter transport.
He actually called The Messenger as he was making his way to his seat on the Senate floor late Monday and said he was very fortunate his injuries weren’t more serious. He also praised the two “good Samaritans” who transported him to the local hospital and all those at both hospitals who treated his injuries.
Not missing a Senate session is a high priority for Herron, who has only missed one session during his career serving in the state Senate. That absence was to attend the birth of his youngest son.
Staff Reporter Kevin Bowden may be contacted by e-mail at

Published in The Messenger 4.5.11

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