CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. -
A trooper was struck by a car and a tow truck driver seriously injured in a multi-vehicle chain reaction crash on Interstate 24 in Montgomery County late Thursday night.
The accident happened around 9:20 p.m. near the Rossview Road exit outside of Clarksville.
It began when Trooper Julio Lasalle responded to a single-vehicle crash caused by an alleged drunk driver.
Authorities said Norma Moore, 51, lost control around a curve and left the roadway, striking an embankment.
She was taken to Gateway Medical Center for her injuries. She faces DUI charges.
As the trooper worked the scene in the emergency lane, a Ford F-150 driven by 48-year-old Richard Brown slowed down quickly in the left lane of traffic.
A Suzuki sedan driven by 21-year-old Jessie Elizabeth then merged behind the F-150 in front of a tractor trailer.
The tractor trailer struck the Suzuki, sending it backward.
Officer Lasalle heard the impact, turned around, and saw the Suzuki heading right for him. He took off running, trying to avoid the car, but was ultimately struck in his hip and back.
He was knocked to the ground and transported to Gateway Medical Center with minor injuries. He has since been treated and released.
The impact also caused the tractor trailer to lose control. The semi swerved out of the left lane and into the emergency lane, directly into the tow truck responding to the DUI crash.
The driver of the tow truck, identified as 47-year-old James Walker, was critically injured.
He was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. His condition has yet to be released.
The owner of the tow truck company told News 2 the driver’s wife was also in the truck and injured in the crash.
My wife fractured her leg and her knee,” two truck owner Bo Perry said. “They don’t understand there are lives at stake out there on the interstate, even on the regular public roads, they are the same way.”
The driver of the tractor trailer, 41-year-old Christopher Basel, was injured as well but refused medical treatment at the scene.
Authorities reported the drivers of the Ford F-150, Suzuki sedan and tractor trailer are all facing charges pending the outcome of an investigation.
I-24 was shut down as officials worked the scene. The roadway reopened five hours later just after 3 a.m.