SMITH COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – The driver of a semi-truck was killed in a crash late Tuesday night in Smith County.
Multiple crews were dispatched to the westbound lanes of Interstate 40 near mile marker 261 at approximately 10:12 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 8 to respond to a rollover crash.
According to Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP), the semi was pulling a trailer loaded with paper bags westbound on I-40 when — for reasons unknown — it ran off the roadway, struck a guardrail, traveled down a grassy shoulder, overturned a number of times and came to rest in an upright position.
Once on scene, first responders found the driver of the semi-truck dead, even though he was reportedly wearing a seatbelt. The semi-truck was taken off the roadway and one lane of traffic was closed as crews worked to clear the wreckage.
Officials say the driver’s employer has been contacted, but the victim’s family has not been located as of Wednesday, Nov. 9.
According to THP, the driver has been identified as 60-year-old Shihchun Liu of Hemet, California.
The cause of the crash remains unknown and is now under investigation by THP.
No other information was immediately released.
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