Fire, accidents snarl traffic on interstate
by GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
Jul 17, 2014 | 1236 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tennessee Highway Patrol was busy this morning investigating four Interstate 75 incidents which tied traffic along both north and southbound sides.

According to Trooper Pumpy Tudors, a crash in McMinn County at mile marker 39 was reported during the night.

Tudors aided in the investigation, then just after 5:30 a.m., a tractor rig caught fire near mile marker 16 on White Oak Mountain. Tudors said the driver was able to detach the trailer that contained UPS general freight.

Bradley County Fire and Rescue along with Tri-Community Fire Department worked to contain the blazing tractor.

According to Tudors, the tractor was a total loss.

As the interstate became clogged with traffic, two secondary crashes were reported in the northbound traffic lanes prior to the location where the fire was located.

Tudors said a crash occurred just before 7:30 a.m. and another just after 8 a.m.

All the incidents occurred in the northbound lanes of the interstate, but traffic along the southbound side was also slowed.

Investigation is continuing.

- Three 2 ½-ton HVAC units were discovered missing from a church on Bates Pike.

According to a report filed by Deputy Bryan Chancey, he responded to Union Grove Church of Christ Monday and spoke with Bill Castell.

Castell said he went to the church and found that someone had cut the copper valves and took the three working air units from their locations behind the church.

Total loss was estimated at $9,100.

- Tyson Hall of a Hickory Top Road address reported the theft of copper and an HVAC unit from a structure that was vacant.

Deputy Chancey also filed that report Monday.

According to his report, hall noted the theft had occurred either prior to the weekend or during the weekend.

Copper wiring was taken from the walls of the mobile home structure and electrical panel. A 3-ton HVAC system was taken from outside the mobile home.

Loss was estimated at $3,650.

Detective Zech Pike of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division was notified of the thefts.