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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

I-40 fatality
A six-vehicle crash Monday morning on Interstate 40 at the Cocke/Jefferson County line, resulted in fatal injuries for one and left three others injured. Trooper John Woods of the Tennessee Highway Patrol identified the fatality of the 6:35 am crash as Franklin Moore, 33, Clover, SC.who was operating a 2008 Ford Explorer Injured were; Bernice Warren, 71, Candler, NC, Kip Ellison, 39, Newport, TN and Sammy Wells, 61, Florida. All were transported to the Newport Medical Center for treatment. The trooper said Moore was westbound in a 2008 Ford Explorer when his vehicle left the roadway, struck the guardrail on the inside shoulder, spun around and came to rest on the roadway.It then was hit by Warren. That began a chain reaction incident which included Wells, who was operating a rig with a tanker trailer. Cocke County Firefighter Bryan Southerland said his department accessed the overturned trailer from Highway 25/70 and Deerwood Road. The rig was on a steep bank in heavy vegetation, and so a chainsaw was used to cut though the heavy growth to reach Wells who was inside the cab. He said his load of an adhesive material, was not hazardous. Wells told firefighters he was westbound when he observed the Moore auto stopped on the roadway, and when he swerved to avoid the vehicle, his rig rolled and went down an embankment, coming to rest on a spillway. The contents of the Wells tanker later were off-loaded onto another tanker so the rig could be righted. Southerland said Cocke County EMA Director Kevin Benton contacted Hepco, an environmental clean-up firm, which assisted at the scene. Westbound traffic was routed off the interstate at the 432 exit and onto Highway 25/70, to the 424 exit in Jefferson County. Highway Patrol spokesperson Nathan Hall said the westbound lanes of the interstate were closed until 12:30 pm.


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