Crash injures 2 officers on I-40 at McCrory Lane - WKRN News 2

Crash injures 2 officers on I-40 at McCrory Lane

Posted: Updated: Dec 13, 2010 2:30 PM CST
Traffic on I-40 West was backed up for miles Monday morning following the crash. Traffic on I-40 West was backed up for miles Monday morning following the crash.
Trooper Fidencio Medina was seriously injured and scheduled to undergo surgery Monday afternoon. Trooper Fidencio Medina was seriously injured and scheduled to undergo surgery Monday afternoon.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Interstate 40 Westbound at McCrory Lane was shut down for several hours on Monday after an accident that left two law enforcement officers injured.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol said Trooper Fidencio Medina was on his way to Dickson on I-40 around 7:15 a.m. when he came across an accident at the McCrory Lane exit.

Moments later, Metro Police Officer Cesar Castillo arrived to take over the scene.

The officers were discussing the crash when a pickup truck lost control on the icy overpass, striking the officers' vehicles.

Both officers were injured in the crash.

Medina, who was standing outside Castillo's patrol car at the time, suffered a broken leg, four broken ribs and a collapsed lung.

He was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville where he was scheduled to undergo surgery Monday afternoon.

On the way to the hospital, the ambulance got into a minor accident, just miles down the road, but was able to continue on to the hospital.

Medina was last listed in critical but stable condition.

Castillo had not yet exited his patrol car at the time of the collision.

He was taken to St. Thomas Hospital with a non-critical back injury.

The driver of the pickup truck, 35-year-old Anthony Gene Baker, Jr., was not injured.  He was also not cited for the accident.

Interstate 40 reopened around 11 a.m. Monday.

The THP said Trooper Medina, 55, began his career with the patrol in April of 1977.  He is currently assigned to Cheatham County.

The snowy and icy conditions are to blame for multiple accidents overnight Sunday into Monday and drivers are urged to stay home if at all possible.

During the 24-hour period, from Noon on Sunday to Noon on Monday, troopers in Nashville investigated 122 crashes without injuries, 42 crashes with injuries and assisted 47 motorists.

Temperatures are expected to fall throughout the day and more icing is likely Monday evening.

Check the latest forecast and radar conditions at NashvilleWX.com.

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