RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – Tennessee Highway Patrol is investigating a two-vehicle crash involving a Rutherford County Sheriff’s vehicle on I-840 West.
THP officials told News 2 the crash happened around 11:48 a.m. on the off ramp at mile-marker 61 near Sulphur Springs Road. Traffic was diverted off I-840 onto Highway 452 to Highway 231 until the investigation is complete.
According to the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office, a deputy was injured while directing traffic at a construction zone. The deputy was later identified in a report from THP as Deputy Gabriel Spires. The release states Spires was stationary in the right lane on I-840 directing traffic when a driver struck his vehicle from behind. The driver disabled Deputy Spires vehicle. Both the deputy and the driver were taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
There were construction workers on the scene but none were injured in this incident.
The driver who hit Spires vehicle is being investigated for possibly driving under the influence and vehiclular assault, according to THP.
Both Deputy Spires and the driver are in stable condition.