Chief Chuck Forbis hospitalized following car accident

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

By Ivory Riner

Staff Writer

A car accident over the weekend resulted in the hospitalization of 57-year-old Chuck Forbis, Lewisburg Police chief.

It was around six o'clock Saturday morning when Forbis was waiting at the red light where East Commerce and Ellington Bypass intersect. He was in his Cadillac on his way to have breakfast when 68-year-old Nancy A. Baker was traveling down East Commerce Street and rear-ended Forbis's Cadillac sedan, pushing it into the intersection where he then hit a light pole. Baker was driving a Kia Sorento.

According to Tennessee Highway Patrol accident report, neither alcohol or drugs appeared to be a factor in the car accident and both drivers were wearing their seat belts. Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Ryan Hill stated Forbis had his lights on, but he could not remember if Baker did.

Trooper Hill stated that it was a heavy fog Saturday morning.

Baker was transported to Marshall Medical Center and Forbis to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Baker was released, but Forbis remains in the Intensive Care Unit.

Although doctors say Forbis has no internal organ damage or injuries to his head, his spine suffered major damage.

Forbis underwent a four and a half hour surgery on his spine Saturday evening.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol is continuing their investigation on the incident.

Forbis is in "good spirits" explained Randall Dunn, Lewisburg City manager, who visited him in the hospital Sunday afternoon. Dunn said his color looked good and he was sitting up. Forbis is to undergo therapy which will determine his level of recovery.

The Tribune spoke with Forbis Monday. "The only thing I remember was looking in my rear-view mirror and seeing headlights coming," he said.

Forbis stated it will be a while before he is released from the hospital.

The Tribune will have a follow up on Baker and Forbis's condition.