Blount County deputy, pedestrian hit by vehicle in Louisville

Dash cam video indicates driver was having heart attack

LOUISVILLE (WATE) – Newly released dash cam video indicates the driver of a car that hit a Blount County deputy and a pedestrian Tuesday was having a heart attack at the time.

The Blount County Sheriff’s Office says shortly before 5:30 p.m., Deputy Phillip Russell, 48, stopped to help Austin Sturm, 23, when his vehicle broke down on the side of Topside Road.

Deputy Russell, Sturm and another person were standing on the right side of Sturm’s 1988 Ford Mustang with Russell’s cruiser parked right behind when a vehicle driven by Rufus Page, 65, ran off the right side of the road and hit the cruiser in the rear.

The impact knocked Deputy Russell on top of his cruiser and then into the ditch. The cruiser lurched forward and partially rolled over top of Sturm before he also rolled into the ditch.

Moments later, the video shows Russell rushing to help Page and calling for medical help. Page indicated he was having a heart attack.

Russell was taken to Blount Memorial Hospital. Sturm and Page were taken to UT Medical Center. All three have since been released.

The cruiser also tapped the back of the Mustang, but neither passenger inside was hurt. The cause of the accident remains under investigation.

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