A motorist who had pulled over to the shoulder of Interstate 75 early this morning, and was still behind the wheel, had his vehicle struck by an 18-wheeler which then careened off the roadway into a stand of trees.
The driver of the rig was critically injured, according to Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper Pumpy Tudors.
Denny Lee Reyes, no age given, had pulled off the roadway near mile marker 31. Reyes suffered only minor cuts and, according to 911 reports, refused medical treatment.
The crash was reported just before 2 a.m.
Tudors said the truck driver ripped into the driver’s side of Reyes’ Nissan Versa and continued on into the wooded area.
Emergency responders rushed to the scene and found the truck driver heavily entrapped in his cab.
According to Tudors, Bradley County Fire-Rescue along with Bradley County Emergency Medical Service treated the truck driver while he was still inside, and rescue crews worked to free him.
Tudors said the driver was hauling rolls of paper, possibly to a recycling company.
The load reportedly broke loose and breached the rig’s trailer and slammed in to the cab, making it difficult for rescue and EMS personnel.
Tudors noted the extrication took approximately two hours to complete.
A LifeForce helicopter was called to the scene to transport the driver to Erlanger Medical Center.
Tudors could not provide the name, age or address of the truck driver.
Assisting at the scene were Bradley County Sheriff’s Office deputies, BCFR, BCEMS, Charleston Police Department, THP and Tennessee Department of Transportation.
Investigation is continuing and officials hope to have the scene cleaned up by later today.
- A rental house was burglarized and damaged. The incident was reported to authorities Tuesday.
According to deputy Jeremy Guthrie of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, Tommy Brewer said he noticed someone had entered the rental house by going through a window. The house is located on 10th Street N.E.
A washing machine and clothing items were reported missing from the house and someone had damaged walls and the ceiling in two rooms.
Detective Rob Wilson of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division was notified of the burglary and vandalism.
According to the report, damage and loss was estimated at $800.
Investigation is continuing.