KCSO Officer returns home after being hit by SUV

Update: December 9

A Knox County reserve officer has been released from the hospital after he was hit by an SUV while directing traffic in the Halls Christmas Parade.

On Monday, James Buhl was resting home where he will continue his recovery.

Previous Story: December 7

A Knox County reserve officer was rushed to the hospital after being struck by a car while he was directing traffic during the Halls Christmas parade.

The accident happened around 6:20 pm on Emory Road, near Beaver Dam Baptist Church.

According to the Knox County Sheriff's Office, two reserve officers were directing traffic on the south side of the church. A 38-year-old woman in a Kia Sorento was being redirected by one of the officers to turn back towards Norris Freeway to avoid the parade.

She said she was focused on that officer, and didn't see Officer James Buhl. She struck Buhl with her left front fender. Buhl fell and hit his head on the pavement.

Officer Buhl was knocked unconscious when the car hit him. He was taken by ambulance to the hospital with a serious head injury. Investigators said he was now awake and talking at the hospital, and KCSO said he was in stable condition in the emergency room.

The parade was underway when the accident happened, and first responders did have a difficult time getting to Buhl after the accident. A Lifestar helicopter was unable to fly in to transport him to the hospital.

Deputies on the scene said it's unlikely any charges will be filed in the accident.


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