Metro cruiser struck after crash on I-40 in Hermitage

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A Metro police cruiser was hit on Interstate 40 in Hermitage early Tuesday morning.

The crash happened in the westbound lanes near the Old Hickory Boulevard exit just after 3 a.m.

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  • I-40 Metro crash
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  • I-40 bucket

Metro police reported a semi-truck was hauling a front-end loader when the bucket became detached and fell onto the side of the roadway.

Another semi hit the bucket, which ripped off the semi’s front axle and the semi slid onto its engine down the interstate, according to Metro police. Then another semi hit the broken axle.

A Metro officer responded to the scene and helped locate the bucket. Metro police reported a vehicle then rear-ended the officer’s patrol car and fled from the scene.

The officer was not in the cruiser at the time of the crash and no one was injured.

A fuel leak was reported at the crash site. The roadway fully reopened to traffic around 8:30 a.m.

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