The westbound lane of Highway 11-W on the far east side of Rogersville was blocked for about two hours following the crash. (photo by Jeff Bobo)
ROGERSVILLE — The westbound lanes of Highway 11-W were closed for nearly two hours Tuesday after a tractor-trailer ran off the roadway, hit some trees, and came to rest across both lanes just past the East Main Street intersection.
Rescuers at the scene said the driver, whose name wasn’t released, suffered head and arm lacerations.
Hawkins County Emergency Management Agency Director Gary Murrell, told the Times-News that the injuries appeared serious, but the driver was awake and speaking to Hawkins County EMS personnel as he was transported to Holston Valley Medical Center.
The accident occurred around 11:33 a.m.
Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper David Good told the Times-News from the scene that the westbound tractor-trailer veered off the highway and struck some trees just beyond the right shoulder.
The driver then corrected back onto the highway and slid to rest with the cab stuck in the median and the length of the empty trailer across the westbound lanes.
Good said charges are pending against the driver.
“He went for a wild ride,” Murrell told the Times-News on Tuesday evening. “There was broken glass everywhere. It’s got a sleeper cab on it, and there were personal items all over the cab of that truck. I got there before EMS arrived, and he was sitting on the ground. He never did say what happened.”
Murrell added, “We helped get him loaded in the ambulance and on the way to the hospital. He had severe lacerations to his head and arms, but the fact that he was talking to the EMS crew going into the hospital is a real good sign.”
Following the accident, westbound 11-W traffic was detoured onto East Main Street.
The tractor-trailer was removed and the lanes opened back up around 1:45 p.m.