A ladder on Interstate 40 in Mt. Juliet caused a chain reaction crash and scary situation for motorists, all of which was captured on a Mt. Juliet Police Officers in-car video camera.
An officer was dispatched to Interstate 40 West around the 224 mile-marker in regards to a ladder in the roadway at about 8:15 a.m., Monday.
As the officer arrived on the scene, a 26-year-old female driver of a Toyota RAV4 struck the ladder in the road. After striking the ladder, the driver lost control of her vehicle and struck the concrete barrier wall. After striking the wall, the Toyota RAV4 hit a tractor-trailer driven by a 40-year-old male and an Oldsmobile sedan driven by a 68-year-old male. The Toyota RAV4 came to a final rest against the concrete barrier wall.
There were no serious injuries reported with this crash, and all drivers were wearing seat belts. The 26-year-old female was treated and released by medics on the scene, and the 68-year-old man was transported by ambulance to Summit Medical Center in Hermitage with a minor injury. The 40-year-old driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured.
Sgt. Tyler Chandler, community policing director of the MJPD, said Seat belts are certainly the number one protection device for all motorists. The dash cam video certainly shows how dramatic and dangerous a crash can be, and the safest place to be during a crash is strapped to your seat with a seat belt.
Watch the dashcam video here.
A Lebanon man was killed in a single-vehicle accident early Sunday morning in which alcohol was believed to have played a part. The incident occurred about 5:30 a.m., Feb. 17, near 1201 Academy Road, Lebanon.
Trooper Chad Bilbrey said in his report that Tyler B. McChurch, 29, of Lebanon, was driving a 2002 Chevy Tahoe SUV and was headed westbound on Academy Road when he crossed over the eastbound lane, overcorrected and went off the north side of the roadway.
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