By TOMI L. WILEYSpecial to The Wilson Post
MT. JULIET -- The condition of the state trooper critically injured in a still puzzling wreck on Monday which shut down I-40 for hours has been upgraded to stable, officials said Tuesday.
At approximately 12:10 p.m. Monday, Trooper Wendall Reagan, 42, was traveling east on I-40 in his SUV patrol unit when he was involved in a one vehicle roll over crash in the median at mile marker 228, in Mt. Juliet, near the Providence area.
Reagan was transported by Wilson Emergency Management Agency to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in critical condition. THP investigators in the Nashville District and with the THP Critical Incident Response Team (C.I.R.T.) responded to the scene and continue to investigate the crash.
Investigators were looking for a white Chevy Suburban or GMC Yukon believed to have stopped and assisted the officer after the accident. Sgt. Stacey Heatherly of THP said Tuesday that officials had located the white vehicle from Monday’s crash with Reagan on I-40 in Wilson County. The driver of that vehicle contacted THP without hesitation and cooperated fully with the investigation. THP has concluded that the vehicle was not involved as a factor of the crash, but did provide witness information vital to the investigation.
Initial reports said that the trooper’s SUV traveled through the median after leaving the roadway and hit a culvert. Reagan’s supervisor, who was at VUMC on Tuesday morning, said Reagan’s condition had been upgraded from critical to stable.
Reagan was commissioned with the THP in 2001. He is assigned to Overton County in the Cookeville District and serves in Special Programs, where he is responsible for the New Entrant Program which educates commercial vehicle carriers in rules and regulations.
Editor’s Note: Tomi L. Wiley is the editor of The Chronicle of Mt. Juliet. She may be contacted at Editor@thechronicleofmtjuliet.com.