Ladder to blame for multi-vehicle accident on I-40 - WKRN News 2

Ladder to blame for multi-vehicle accident on I-40

Posted: Updated: Feb 18, 2013 9:48 PM CST
MT. JULIET, Tenn. -

A ladder in the middle of Interstate 40 on Monday morning is to blame for a multi-vehicle accident.

A 26-year-old driver lost control of her SUV after hitting the ladder around 8:20 a.m. at mile marker 224 in Mt. Juliet.

In a chain reaction collision, the driver hit the concrete barrier and two other vehicles.

Nashville's News 2 spoke with crews for the Tennessee Department of Transportation who said fallen debris in the middle of the interstates are an everyday occurrence.

According to TDOT Highway Incident Response Unit operator George Elsenbach, ladders are the most common item that falls from vehicles on the interstates.

Couches, mattresses, and garbage cans are some of the other most common items found in the middle of the interstates.

Elsenbach has the dangerous task of retrieving those items.

"We're actually just running out into the interstate grabbing the stuff and pulling it back," Elsenbach told Nashville's News 2, "If it's a large item or a bunch of small stuff scattered around what we'll do is line up a bunch of our trucks and slow roll the interstate."

Elsenbach encourages drivers who lose items on the road to call 911 and alert them immediately.

"If you're going to tie something down on your vehicle don't use those elastic straps," Elsenbach added.

No one was seriously injured in Monday's crash.

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