published Thursday, March 1st, 2012

I-75 crash splits tractor trailer, injures second driver

A tractor-trailer carrying produce ripped in two after hitting the East Ridge exit underpass on I-75 at 10 a.m. today.
A tractor-trailer carrying produce ripped in two after hitting the East Ridge exit underpass on I-75 at 10 a.m. today.
Photo by Dan Henry.
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A tractor trailer split apart after crashing into the Ringgold Road bridge over I-75, East Ridge Police said this morning.

The crash resulted from a collision seconds earlier between the tractor trailer and a Toyota Camry traveling south on the interstate around 10 a.m, police spokesman Erik Hopkins said.

The driver of the Camry lost control of the vehicle, which began to spin and struck the tractor trailer head-on, Hopkins said.

The driver of the Camry was transported to Erlanger Medical Center by Lifeguard EMS his condition is unknown, said Hopkins.

The condition of the truck driver was not immediately known.

The truck had been carrying produce to Statesboro, Ga.

“Produce was covering two lanes of I-75,” Hopkins said.

Officials with the Tennessee Department of Transportation responded to the scene to ensure the bridge was not critically damaged and to assist in the removal of produce, said Hopkins.

about Dan Henry...

Dan Henry, a native of Atlanta, Ga., graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelor’s of fine arts and a minor in journalism in 2001. Dan worked as a photojournalist in Atlanta and North Alabama before joining the Chattanooga Times Free in 2005. While in Chattanooga. Dan has received numerous state and national awards on a multitude of platforms including still imagery, video, and multimedia projects. Contact Dan at 423-757-6693 or dhenry@timesfreepress.com.

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