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Fatigue believed to cause recent Knoxville trucking accident
Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Mar 16, 2012
As of now, it seems like the 32-year-old truck driver either fell asleep or was just very tired when he smashed into a car that was parked on the westbound shoulder of Interstate 40 in Knoxville, Tennessee. The driver of that parked car is currently in critical condition and reportedly sustained a brain injury in the crash.
According to authorities, the truck driver traveled about 200 feet on the shoulder before crashing into the car. The impact caused the car to go across three lanes of traffic before crashing into the median. After rear-ending the car, the truck also continued on for another 1,200 feet.
At the time of the crash, an ambulance crew happened to be just a quarter of a mile behind the accident, and two Knoxville police officers were just seconds away. Emergency personnel and the truck driver who caused the crash were able to get the unresponsive man out of his vehicle at the same time that the vehicle burst into flames.
The 32-year-old who reportedly caused the accident was put in the Knox County jail after the crash. He is facing felony charges of aggravated assault and reckless endangerment. The president of the trucking company the man works for claims the 32-year-old had only been driving for the company for less than a year.
According to an update by the sister-in-law of the man who was inside of the car, the 39-year-old has sustained a brain injury, second degree burns and lung damage from breathing in the smoke. He also fractured his spine and neck, and has several fractures to his ribs.