We have received a copy of the report on the accident involving U.S. Rep. Barry Loudermilk and his wife Desiree from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office. Both Loudermilks returned to Cartersville on Tuesday hours after the accident near Knoxville.
According to the report: The crash occurred at 12:31 a.m. Tuesday near mile marker 373.3 on Interstate 40 East amid rainy conditions.
Loudermilk, 53, was driving a 2017 Nissan Rogue, and was wearing seat belts. Riding with him was his wife, Desiree J. Loudermilk, 54.
The driver of the second vehicle was Shane Christopher Lake, 34, of Knoxville, who was in a 2016 Nissan Versa. The report notes that Lake was speeding “too fast for conditions” and “improper passing.”
According to the accident report:
Vehicles #1 (Loudermilks) and #2 (Lake) were both eastbound on I-40, near the Campbell Station Road exit. Vehicle #1 (Loudermilk) merged into the right hand lane as Vehicle #2 (Lake) was attempting to pass vehicle #1 on the right hand side. Lake’s car struck the Loudermilks’ vehicle in the rear end, causing the congressman to lose control. Loudermilk’s car ran off the right side of the road, struck an embankment, and rolled over at least two times. Both occupants of Loudermilks’ car were transported the hospital by AMR (ambulance).
The Loudermilks were examined at UT Medical Center and later were released. Lake did not require hospital treatment. Both vehicles were listed as having “disabling damage.”
Media release: U.S. Rep. Barry Loudermilk, 53, (R-GA) and his wife, Desiree, are recovering after a car accident in Knoxville. Early Tuesday morning, Loudermilk and his wife were involved in a two-car accident near Knoxville. After coming home to Georgia to assist with Irma response, and the storm having cleared the area, Loudermilk and his wife were en route to Washington D.C. They were traveling east on I-40 when their vehicle was struck from behind by a second vehicle, causing their vehicle to leave the road and flip multiple times, coming to rest on the passenger side. Both the congressman and Mrs. Loudermilk were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries where they were treated and released. They have been instructed to return to Georgia for follow-up treatment. The Loudermilks immediately acknowledged God’s hand in protecting them from serious injury, and they would appreciate your thoughts and prayers as they recover.
The route: The drive from Bartow County to Washington, D.C., is just over 10 hours and covers more than 660 miles going up I-75, then I-40 outside of Knoxville to I-81 and eventually I-66 into Washington. The accident likely occurred two-and-a-half hours into the trip, some 165 miles from home.
Background: This is the second close call for the congressman, who represents District 11 including Bartow and Cherokee counties as well as parts of Cobb and Fulton. In June, Loudermilk was at the shooting scene outside Washington involving members of Congress practicing for a baseball game. Said Loudermilk at the time: “I was on the field at the congressional baseball practice but I’m OK. This was a senseless act of evil. Please pray for those who were shot and their families. There were a lot of heroes here today.” Rep. Steve Scalise was injured in the attack but continues to recover.