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Double-semi trucking accident on I-40 in Watertown injures one
Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Apr 2, 2011
Just after 6 a.m. Thursday morning, there was a violent trucking accident between two semi tractor-trailers on I-40, which seriously injured one person and closed all westbound lanes of the Interstate. The truck wreck occurred in Wilson County, two miles before the Linwood Road exit to Watertown.
According to police reports, on semi-truck had stopped on the shoulder of the road and was attempting to merge into traffic. A second semi-truck couldn't move into the adjacent lane fast enough and struck the merging big rig. The collision was so violent that the passenger compartment of the second truck was crushed and shredded, and the female passenger who was riding there was seriously injured.
The trucking accident also caused the second truck's trailer to buckle, twisting the cargo container and bending it vertically into the shape of a bow. Part of its load spilled onto the Interstate. The impact was apparently so great that the second truck's engine was knocked completely free of the engine compartment, and at least one front wheel came completely off the axle and was stripped of its tire. The 18-wheeler ran off the road into a ditch, where it lay surrounded by strewn cargo and engine parts.
The female passenger's injures were described by police as serious but not life-threatening. The driver of the second semi was injured, but police did not believe his injuries to be serious. The driver of the first truck was apparently uninjured in the collision.
Police and road crews were able to reopen one lane of westbound I-40 about three hours after the trucking accident. At the time of the report, crews did not believe they would be able to clear and reopen the other lanes until around 4:30 p.m. that day.