Tractor-trailer crashes on Highway 111
by Bobby Lee McCulley | March 5, 2018 2:41 pm
Last Updated: March 5, 2018 at 2:45 pm
Emergency responders have been dispatched to the scene of a tractor-trailer incident along Highway 111 just outside the city limits of Sparta.
On March 5, at approximately 11:38 a.m., dispatchers with the White County E-911 Communications Center received notification of a possible incident on Highway 111. Initial reports stated that a tractor-trailer had left the roadway and crashed into a tree line.
Northend Volunteer Fire Department, Sparta-White County Rescue Squad, Tennessee Highway Patrol, White County Emergency Medical Service, and White County Sheriff’s Department were all dispatched to the scene.
Upon arrival, emergency responders discovered a semi truck pulling an empty trailer had crashed at the bottom of a hillside into a tree line on the northbound side of Highway 111. The incident happened outside the city limits of Sparta, approximately 1.5 miles from the Burgess Falls/Black Oak exit.
According to the driver of the tractor-trailer, while traveling southbound on Highway 111, a vehicle attempted to change lanes into the path of the semi. The commercial driver then reportedly attempted to avoid a collision, left the roadway, entered the median and then crossed the northbound lanes before crashing at the bottom of the hillside.
Due to damage of the fuel tanks on the semi, emergency responders had to deploy containment measures to control the spill. A hazardous waste crew has been dispatched to the scene to clean up the fuel spill.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol is in charge of the incident and investigation. A commercial wrecker crew has been dispatched to remove the tractor-trailer.
Given the position of the commercial vehicle, a portion of the northbound may have to be temporarily closed when removing the vehicle.
Additional information regarding this incident will be released once they are made available.