2 THP troopers injured in crashes on icy I-40 in Jefferson Count - WKRN News 2

2 THP troopers injured in crashes on icy I-40 in Jefferson County


DANDRIDGE (WATE) - Two Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers were injured Tuesday in separate crashes on snow and ice covered Interstate 40 in Jefferson County.

The first crash happened at mile marker 417 around 3:20 p.m. in the westbound lanes. THP says several marked patrol cars with their emergency lights on were investigating previous vehicle crashes.

Sgt. Jason Lowe's vehicle was parked in the emergency lane directly behind a Ford F-250 pickup truck.

Sgt. Lowe was speaking with Wyatt D. Fluharty, 32, in his patrol car about a previous accident Trooper Bryan Purkey

At that moment, John M. Davie, 71, of Chilhowie, Va., lost control of his 2003 Ford Econoline full size van and crashed into the rear of Lowe's patrol car. This in turn caused the patrol car to be knocked forward into the pickup truck.

Sgt. Lowe was taken to Jefferson Memorial for treatment of injuries. Fluharty was also injured but refused medical treatment. Davie was not injured. No charges are expected in the incident.

Around two hours later, at 5 p.m., troopers were still on scene investigating previous accidents.

Trooper Bryan Purkey, 36, had parked his on the left shoulder facing westbound in the eastbound lane at mile marker 417, investigating a previous crash. The left shoulder was closed prior to this location.

Troopers say Albert Asante, 43, approached the area at an unsafe speed for the road conditions in a 2004 Ford Econoline full size van.

Asante lost control, crashing into the concrete dividing wall. The van then rotated around and the front end crashed into Purkey's patrol car at an angle.

Purkey and Asante were both taken to Jefferson Memorial for treatment of their injuries.

Asante was charged with failure to exercise due care, reckless driving and a driver's license violation.

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