Truck Accident Lawyers in Tennessee

Truck Accident Lawyers in Tennessee

MURFREESBORO — Slick driving conditions after heavy storms likely contributed to a fatal Monday morning wreck on Interstate 24 in which a cargo truck driver was killed when he rear-ended an 18-wheeler, officials said.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol identified the cargo truck driver as 59-year-old William D. Stewart of New Hope, Ala. Stewart was driving a 2006 Freightliner box truck hauling janitorial supplies when he collided with a 2000 Peterbilt tractor-trailer hauling tires.

"He was pinned in," said Randy White, a spokesman for the Rutherford County Emergency Medical Service. "Our guys were very heroic on that call. We just couldn't get to him."

Authorities had to block westbound traffic on I-24 while they responded to the wreck near mile marker 87.

The driver of the Peterbilt truck is 59-year-old Thaddeus Hightower of Belvidere, Tenn., and Emergency Medical Service crews took him to Middle Tennessee Medical Center, where he "has been treated and released," MTMC spokeswoman Angie Boyd-Chambers said.

According to the THP report, Hightower was traveling westbound in the right lane and was slowing down for traffic ahead due to an earlier accident when Stewart's truck rear-ended Hightower's truck.

The local EMS took the call at 10:16 a.m. and had ambulance crews and paramedics joining in the response with the Rescue Squad, deputies and troopers.

White said EMS responded to multiple wrecks Monday.

"People are hydroplaning is what the problem is," he said. "We've had so much rain."

Another I-24 wreck on the eastbound side and south of state Route 840 involved a Rutherford County Solid Waste truck returning a recycling bin back to the Sam's store in Murfreesboro, confirmed Mac Nolen, the county's director of Solid Waste. The longtime driver was Willie Hayes, whom Nolen took to MTMC as a precaution.

"He wasn't hurt at all," Nolen said. "We just took him to make sure he was OK. His blood pressure was up a little. After being through what he went through, I can understand. My blood pressure would be high. He says he'll be back at work (today)."

Hayes was still at the hospital as of 7:55 p.m., said Boyd-Chambers, the MTMC spokeswoman. "He's in good condition," she said.

The wreck also involved two tractor-trailers and a car that wound up in a large mud puddle, Nolen said.

"Details of the wreck are still being investigated," said Nolen, adding that ambulance crews delivered the unidentified woman driving the car and one of the truck drivers to the hospital.

The solid waste truck is about 11 years old.

"For us, it was kind of a newer truck because we're running a bunch of older trucks," Nolen said. "It may be totaled. We'll do some checking to see what it will cost to repair it and see what insurance will cover."

From DNJ