Car accident injures Tennessee university official

Tennessee residents were dismayed to learn that a highly respected university official was injured in a truck accident Monday afternoon. The official is Brian Noland, who is currently President of East Tennessee State University. He has served in that position for close to two years, since January of 2012.

Under his leadership, East Tennessee State University has continued to flourish, and is renowned nationwide for its medical school and health programs, along with other successful colleges and departments.

The car accident he was in happened in the intersection of Watauga Avenue and W. Market Street in Johnson City, Tennessee, at approximately 5 p.m. on Monday.

Nolan was driving his 2010 Acura MDX SUV when a flatbed wrecker truck ran a red light at the intersection. The truck, referred to as a rollback, hit the SUV causing damage and injuries.

The driver of the truck, a 34-year-old man from Johnson City, experienced only minor injuries and was treated at the scene of the crash. Once treated, he was released. He was cited for having run the red light and for not having updated his driver’s license address.

Nolan was taken to a hospital where he is currently listed as being in stable condition. The university issued a statement in which they say he is expected to make a full recovery.

In the meantime, the university’s chief operating officer will assume all administrative responsibilities as Nolan recuperates.

This personal injury case underscores the need for all Tennessee drivers to be cautious on the roads. If you are injured or have lost a loved due to another’s recklessness or negligence, you have the right to seek compensation for such claims as medical expenses, pain and suffering, wrongful death and other damages.

Source:, “ETSU president injured in car accident” James Shea, Nov. 19, 2013