On the morning of April 14, Tennessee Highway Patrol crews reported to the scene of a truck accident in Rutherford County. The accident involved a commercial truck and a passenger car and resulted in fatal injuries to a 21-year-old woman. THP crews were reportedly investigating the wreck into the late afternoon, and police say that the truck driver might face charges.
The fatal truck collision happened while the 21-year-old victim was traveling eastbound along State Route 840. While the woman was driving near Exit 65, a westbound commercial truck driver crossed over the center line and collided with her vehicle head on. As a result of the impact, the woman's driver's seat was completely ejected from the vehicle.
Following the crash, authorities were forced to shut down both sides of the highway because of hazardous materials that were in the truck. However, no leak of the hazardous materials was found by hazmat crews on the scene. There were no reports about what factors investigators think might have caused the truck driver to drive on the wrong side of the road.
Motor vehicle accidents that involve truck drivers who are driving into oncoming traffic sometimes lead investigators to look into the possibility that the truck driver was drowsy or distracted. These types of cases may involve multiple liable parties, as both the truck driver and the truck driver's employer can be found negligent. A person who has been injured in a truck accident might want to speak with an attorney about the remedies that may be available. Legal counsel may be able to help an injured truck accident victim seek compensation through the filing of a personal injury lawsuit.
Source: Fox 6 WBRC, "Semi involved in fatal crash on SR 840 in Rutherford County," Kara Apel, April 14, 2015