Collision on Crossville Highway sends juvenile to Erlanger

by | January 11, 2018 6:34 am

Photo by CHARLIE KIRBY

A multi-vehicle collision involving a tractor trailer over this past weekend caused the closure of lanes on Crossville Highway and resulted in a female juvenile being airlifted.

On Jan. 6, 2018, at approximately 10:09 p.m., White County E-911 dispatchers received notification that a multi-vehicle collision, with possible injuries, occurred on Crossville Highway. Initial reports first responders received stated a vehicle had collided with a tractor-trailer.

BonDeCroft and Eastland volunteer fire departments, along with Sparta-White County Volunteer Rescue Squad, White County Emergency Medical Service, White County Sheriff Department, and Tennessee Highway Patrol were dispatched to the scene.

Upon arrival at the scene, emergency responders discovered that a 2005 Mazda MZ6 has been in a collision with a 2010 International commercial truck pulling an enclosed trailer. The Mazda had substantial damage from the incident, and aid was immediately rendered to those involved in the collision.

The driver of the Mazda, a 17-year-old female, was extracted from the vehicle and airlifted by Life Force helicopter to Erlanger Medical Center, in Chattanooga. The driver of the International tractor-trailer, Jason Thedford, 45, was treated at the scene and transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital.

Tennessee Highway Patrol was in charge of the investigation and released the incident report for this collision, on Jan. 10.

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol’s incident report filed by State Trooper Cody Roberts, “Vehicle 1 (Mazda) was traveling west on U.S. 70. Vehicle 2 (International) was traveling east on U.S. 70 in lane 2.”

“While negotiating a curve, vehicle 1 traveled off the right side of the roadway and side swiped a guard rail. Vehicle 1 spun to the left and traveled into the east bound lane.” Stated the incident report. “Vehicle 1 went under the trailer of vehicle 2 and hit the rear tires. Vehicle 1 and 2 came to rest on the roadway.”

Lanes on Crossville Highway were shutdown while emergency responders were on the scene waiting for wrecker services to removed both vehicles. There were no citations or criminal charges filed in connection of this incident according The the THP incident report.

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