TWO TRUCK incidents within hours of each other Tuesday tied up traffic along Interstate 75. The driver of this truck was injured and flown to Chattanooga for treatment. It took several hours for crews to clean up the spilled cargo on the northbound side of the interstate approaching the Paul Huff exit. A trailer hauling cargo caught fire earlier near Charleston. The driver of that southbound rig was not injured. Banner photo, GREG KAYLOR
Just before 4 p.m., there was a two-car collision on Harrison Pike at Grove Avenue (above). One vehicle reportedly entered Harrison Pike from Grove and was struck by another car. The impact was significant and the vehicle that was struck was a small pickup truck that flipped onto its side. Bradley County EMS responded two ambulances and a supervisor to the scene. When they arrived they found a 54-year-old female driver in the vehicle on its side. She was unresponsive. The Cleveland Fire Department had to cut the roof off the truck so EMS could remove the driver from the wreckage. Due to the severity of suspected injury, the paramedic in charge requested air medical to respond to the scene to fly the patient to Erlanger, a Level 1 trauma center. Air Evac landed in a nearby parking lot off Grove Avenue. “Emergency responders literally never know what may occur from one moment to the next. This accident was the second major crash of the day and this was only first shift. Once again the Cleveland Fire Department did a great job! They secured the vehicle and removed the roof to get the patient out and ready for transport,” said Stan Clark of EMS. The Cleveland Police Department is in charge of the investigation.
Bradley County EMS had a busy day Tuesday. The day started out with an 18-wheeler crash on Interstate 75. Just before 4 p.m., there was a two-car collision on Harrison Pike at Grove Avenue. One vehicle reportedly entered Harrison Pike from Grove and was struck by another car.