Wreck slows traffic on I-40; driver charged with DUI

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, a semi-truck slid off the interstate into the woods in Wilson County late Monday night. The crash happened in the westbound lanes of Interstate 40 near mile marker 231 - the Highway 109 exit around 11 p.m. The driver was taken to Summit Med...
Feb 5, 2013
truck wreck  Photo: Courtesy of TDOT

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, a semi-truck slid off the interstate into the woods in Wilson County late Monday night.

The crash happened in the westbound lanes of Interstate 40 near mile marker 231 - the Highway 109 exit around 11 p.m.

The driver was taken to Summit Medical Center with minor injuries. Investigators have not said what caused the crash.

Trooper Raymond Gaskill lead the THP investigation. In his report, Gaskill said the 2012 Kenworth Tractor Trailer was being driven by Raymond Clark Johnson of Bloomington Spring, Tenn.,  was hauling frozen chickens for Southern Refrigerated Transport out of Texarkana, Ark.

The trooper noted that the truck was westbound on Interstate 40 when it "ran off the right side of the roadway and into a tree line" coming to rest in the trees.

The THP report notes that Johnson was charged with DUI, DUI while driving a commercial motor vehicle, implied consent and reckless endangerment. After the crash, he was transported by EMS Ground to Summit Medical Center where he was treated and released, but he was later taken to UMC Hospital

Crews waited until Tuesday morning to attempt to pull the truck out of the woods. Traffic was still limited to one lane during the morning commute Tuesday, with the THP anticipating that traffic would get back to normal after 2 p.m.

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