Tractor-trailer overturns on interstate; injured driver freed from wreckage
by GREG KAYLOR, Banner Staff Writer
Nov 20, 2012 | 1638 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
TENNESSEE Highway Patrol is in charge of investigating an incident in which the trailer of an 18-wheeler reportedly caught fire early this morning on Interstate 75. The smoldering remains were left on the southbound side of the interstate. The driver of the rig was not injured, according to reports. Banner photo, GREG KAYLOR
TENNESSEE Highway Patrol is in charge of investigating an incident in which the trailer of an 18-wheeler reportedly caught fire early this morning on Interstate 75. The smoldering remains were left on the southbound side of the interstate. The driver of the rig was not injured, according to reports. Banner photo, GREG KAYLOR
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Tennessee Highway Patrol is in charge of an investigation involving a tractor-trailer which overturned this morning prior to the Paul Huff Parkway exit on Interstate 75.

The crash occurred at 7:45 a.m. as the driver was headed northbound, according to 911 reports.

Officials said the driver was trapped in the wreckage, but was eventually freed by Cleveland Fire Department first responders.

Reports indicated he suffered lower leg injuries during the crash. The rig was reportedly carrying grain which spilled during the crash.

AirEvac medical helicopter was dispatched to the scene to aid the driver, who was flown to Erlanger Medical Center for treatment.

Bradley County Emergency Medical Service treated the victim prior to his transfer, according to reports.

- Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons and the Tennessee Highway Patrol’s Colonel Tracy Trott are reminding citizens to expect a “No Refusal” and high-visibility, safe driving enforcement campaign during the 2012 Thanksgiving Holiday period.

The “No Refusal” enforcement will begin at 6 p.m., Wednesday, and end at midnight, Sunday.

“THP will be out in full force and will also be assisting stranded motorists, if needed. We want to every driver to make sure they and their passengers are buckled up and arrive safely to their destinations during this holiday travel period,” THP Lt. John Harmon said Monday.

The “No Refusal” law allows law enforcement officials to seek search warrants for blood samples in cases involving suspected impaired drivers.

The goal is to deter impaired driving and reduce fatal crashes on Tennessee roadways.

The Thanksgiving Holiday marks the third “No Refusal” enforcement effort, following campaigns over the Fourth of July and Labor Day holiday periods.

Nine people lost their lives on Tennessee roadways during last year’s Thanksgiving Day Holiday period.

According to Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, 19 people have died on Bradley County roadways, city streets and the Interstate 75 system.

Most of the crash fatalities have been attributed to driver inattention, according to officials with BCSO.