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Wreck claims Cracker Barrel worker

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An employee of Cracker Barrel Old Country Restaurant died as a result of injuries sustained in a two-vehicle accident late Sunday night on Interstate 40 near the Gordonsville exit at mile marker 252.

The victim was identified as Johnny A. Burk, 34, of Carthage. He had been employed by Cracker Barrel at the restaurant located on South Cumberland Street in Lebanon since December 2012, said Jim Keller, corporate communications manager of the Lebanon-based company.

“He was a grill cook for us,” Keller said, adding that after the restaurant closed Monday night, “employees held a candlelight vigil for him.”

Keller said he understood that Burk was on his way home to Carthage Sunday night when the accident occurred at around 9 p.m.

Trooper Jeremy Wilhite of the Tennessee Highway Patrol said in his report that Burk was driving a 2000 Mazda Protégé and headed east on I-40 when the front his vehicle struck the rear of a 1999 Freightliner truck driven by Carlos Javier Fuentes, 41, of Canoga Park, Calif.

Wilhite said the car came to a final rest in the left lane of the interstate facing east while the truck came to a final controlled rest on the right shoulder.

Both drivers were wearing their seat belts. The driver of the truck was not injured.

Editor's Note: This article originally said Burk worked at the Cracker Barrel in Lebanon since December 2013. That has now been changed to reflect he worked there since December 2012.

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