Driver of log truck that rolled near Rogersville says seatbelt saved his life

Jeff Bobo • Aug 31, 2018 at 5:01 PM

ROGERSVILLE — The driver of a truck hauling logs that overturned on Highway 11-W Friday afternoon reportedly told rescuers his seatbelt saved his live.

The accident occurred near the Choptack Road intersection just west of Rogersville around 2:15 p.m.

Hawkins County Emergency Management Agency Director Gary Murrell said the fully loaded log truck was headed west on 11-W when the left front tire blew.

The driver, whose name wasn’t available, reportedly stated that the truck initially veered right, but he was able to steer it left to avoid crashing into a wooded area.

“He was on the right-hand shoulder, and instead of veering off into the woods, he crossed over the westbound lanes and into the median, where the truck turned over,” Murrell said. “The driver was unhurt, and he was restrained. He stated that if he hadn’t had his seatbelt on, he probably would have been hurt bad. It flipped over on his driver’s side and slid for about 150 feet on its side. He had a full load of logs, and that’s probably why it overturned.”

Hawkins County HAZMAT responded to prevent oil and fuel leaking from the vehicle from entering the storm drain.

A passing empty log truck with a crane was able to transfer timber from the crashed truck and make the delivery. The wreckage was cleared within about 90 minutes.

Among the agencies that responded were the Lakeview Volunteer Fire Department, Hawkins County Emergency Response Team, Hawkins County EMA and the Tennessee Highway Patrol.