Trooper nearly killed in 2012 crash returns to E. Tenn.

Trooper nearly killed in 2012 crash returns to E. Tenn. following surgery

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Family and friends welcomed Russell home at McGhee Tyson Airport. Family and friends welcomed Russell home at McGhee Tyson Airport.
Sgt. Lowell Russell returned to Knoxville Wednesday night from San Francisco. Sgt. Lowell Russell returned to Knoxville Wednesday night from San Francisco.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The state trooper who nearly died when a trucker hit his patrol car on Interstate 40 two years ago is back home.

Sgt. Lowell Russell returned to Knoxville Wednesday night from San Francisco. Family and friends welcomed him home at McGhee Tyson Airport.

Russell suffered a fractured neck and spine in the 2012 crash as well as other injuries. He underwent another surgery last week. It's hoped Sgt. Russell will have more mobility in his neck as a result.

Russell says he's still feeling sore, but is glad to be back in Knoxville. He thanks everyone for their support.

"I really appreciate everyone praying for me, and I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for everyone praying for me and supporting me through this whole recovery process. Even though this is a step forward, it's gonna take a little time to get through it," said Russell.

Russell says doctors will be able to tell how successful the operation was in a few months.

He says his goal is to head back to work after his recovery.

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