Date: February 18th, 2013 Time: 8:15 AM
Location: Interstate 40 Westbound at 224 MM
Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – A ladder on Interstate 40 in Mt. Juliet caused a chain reaction crash and scary situation for motorists, all of which was captured on a Mt. Juliet Police Officer’s in-car video camera. Today around 8:15AM, an officer was dispatched to Interstate 40 West around the 224 mile-marker in regards to a ladder in the roadway. As the officer arrived on the scene, a 26-year-old female driver of a Toyota RAV4 struck a ladder in the road. After striking the ladder, the driver lost control of her vehicle and struck the concrete barrier wall. After striking the wall, the Toyota RAV4 hit a tractor-trailer driven by a 40-year-old male and an Oldsmobile sedan driven by a 68-year-old male. The Toyota RAV4 came to a final rest against the concrete barrier wall.
There were no serious injuries reported with this crash, and all drivers were wearing seat belts. The 26-year-old female was treated and released by medics on the scene, and the 68-year-old man was transported by ambulance to Summit Hospital with very minor injury. The 40-year-old driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured.
Seat belts are certainly the number one protection device for all motorists. The dash cam video certainly shows how dramatic and dangerous a crash can be, and the safest place to be during a crash is strapped to your seat with a seat belt.