An 18-wheeler loaded with live poultry struck a truck being used by contractors for Tennessee Department of Transportation who were placing reflectors on a section of I-75, just north of exit 33 in Charleston.
Officials with Tennessee Highway Patrol said trooper Travis Ryans was working the safety detail just before 4 a.m., today when his THP cruiser was also struck.
Ryans was taken to an Athens hospital for treatment, according to Dalya Qualls of THP Information Office.
Reports from the scene of this morning’s deadly crash indicated three workers were installing the reflectors in the “Fog Zone” along the interstate system.
Another truck associated with the contractor company was south of the scene with arrow indicators that a construction crew was present.
According to Qualls, the 18-wheeler loaded with live poultry hit the contractor’s vehicle which in turn collided with Ryan’s cruiser.
One contract worker died at the scene. The driver of the 18-wheel rig was trapped inside the cab of his truck. Bradley County Fire Rescue officials responded to the scene to free the truck driver who was pronounced dead at the scene.
Bradley County Emergency Medical Service, along with Bradley County Sheriff’s Office deputies, also aided at the scene.
Names of the two victims have not been released pending family notification.
Investigation is being handled by the THP Critical Incident Response Team.