published Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

Driver OK after minivan crushed by truck on Amnicola Highway

Emergency personnel remove a middle-aged white male entrapped in a minivan that was involved in a collision with a Conway Freight truck in the 3400 block of Amnicola Highway. The man was taken to Erlanger Hospital, police said.
Emergency personnel remove a middle-aged white male entrapped in a minivan that was involved in a collision with a Conway Freight truck in the 3400 block of Amnicola Highway. The man was taken to Erlanger Hospital, police said.
Photo by Dan Henry.
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A driver was "conscious and alert" today despite having his minivan smashed by a tractor-trailer truck, police said.

The crash occurred in front of the Police Services Center on Amincola Highway about noon and sent the driver to Erlanger hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to Chattanooga police spokeswoman Sgt. Jerri Weary.

The truck driver told police he was traveling northbound on the highway when the southbound minivan veered into his lane. The truck rolled over the hood of the minivan as it slid underneath.

Neither driver was named by the police.

The crash, which shut down the highway for about an hour, might have been caused by a medical situation, Weary said, and charges are pending further investigation.

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frequency13 said...

when? for how long? man, posting a weakly captioned photo is the new laziest in journalism.

August 3, 2011 at 12:46 p.m.
hrtofluv said...

Estimate: LONG TIME to clean up! Ruptured tractor-trailer's gas tank. Parts of both vehicles all over the road! Thanks for being so concerned about the drivers - luckily the van driver has survived! Still horrific to all those who witnessed it! Although I was shocked to see any press taking pictures before the man was "jaws-of-life" taken from the van!

August 3, 2011 at 12:52 p.m.
aklashlee said...

The press always has their noses in it the minute it happens! They scream freedom of speach, I say rights to privacy!! Get a real job!

August 3, 2011 at 9:33 p.m.
rolando said...

What right to privacy is that? He was driving on a public highway during broad daylight; there is no expectation of privacy there.

August 3, 2011 at 10:26 p.m.
j17davis said...

They started out by saying the van was crushed by the truck. That is biased as saying the truck hit the van. I was there when it happened. I was beside the truck. The van came straight at me, I slowed down and swerved to avoid it then the van passed me on the right side and hit the truck head on. They said at the scene the guy said he fell asleep while driving. Stupid chattanooga press, way to be biased. Try taking the story from someone that was there.

August 7, 2011 at 9:49 p.m.
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