Injured man emerges from woods hours after reported missing

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By Beth Braden

ELK VALLEY—A Pioneer man is recovering after an all-terrain vehicle accident left him lying injured in the woods on Sand Gap Mountain Sunday night.
Blake Douglas, 25, 219 Key Lane, Pioneer, left his home at approximately 11 p.m. Sunday night. Douglas’s family found his 4-wheeler with two wet socks lying on top of it Monday afternoon after they realized he hadn’t reported for work. They contacted the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office around 2 p.m. Monday to file a missing person’s reported.
The CCSO search and rescue team, as well as the LaFollette and Jellico rescue squads, were dispatched to the command post at Elk Valley Elementary to begin the search.
As searches began, a passing motorist found Douglas walking out of the woods on the mountain. The Good Samaritan picked him up and took him home.
Douglas told officers that he rode up a high wall Sunday night, and his 4-wheeler flipped. Because of his injuries, he was unable to move for several hours.
The next day, Douglas began working his way off the mountain, stopping to rest every 10 to 12 feet, according to police.
He was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville via helicopter with serious, non-life threatening injuries to his head and torso.