DICKSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) — A man was hit while trying to change a flat tire in Dickson County Tuesday evening because a motorist reportedly failed to move over on Interstate 40.
Authorities said the incident happened near mile marker 171 of I-40 East shortly before 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 8, adding that it was dark outside and the area was not lit.
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The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) said a 23-year-old man from Starkville, Mississippi, was standing between the fog line of the roadway the rear passenger door on the driver’s side of a disabled 2014 Chevy Malibu, which was “on the right shoulder outside the trafficway.”
The man was reportedly using his phone’s flashlight to help his cousin jack up the Chevy when he was hit by a passing vehicle, which failed to stop after the crash.
The victim was airlifted to the hospital in critical condition, according to officials.
THP is leading the investigation into the incident, with assistance from the Dickson County Sheriff’s Office.
However, this is not a new problem. News 2 has reported on many pedestrians who have been hit along this stretch on I-40 because of people not obeying the Move Over Law.
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This is a developing story. WKRN News 2 will continue to update this article as new information becomes available.