A horrific grinding crash in the early morning hours of Thursday claimed the lives of two persons when a pickup truck slammed into a parked log truck trailer less than a mile from the Crossville city limits.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol at press time has not released the identities of the victims. The family of one of the victims has been notified of the death, but late Thursday afternoon troopers had still been unable to find family for the second victim.

The crash occurred on Hwy. 70 E across from The Way of the Cross Independent Baptist Church and just east of the entrance to the Knights of Columbus facility.

A Ford F250 pickup traveling toward Crossville left the right side of the road east of the Amerigas office. The driver then over-corrected and traveled across both lanes and off the left side of the road, slamming head-on into a parked log truck trailer, according to Trooper Jake Brammer's report.

The log truck trailer was legally parked 20 feet off the roadway, a THP spokesperson said.

It appeared that the truck had been driven on a rim for some distance prior to the crash.

The wreck scene was discovered around 5:15 a.m. by an off-duty Cumberland County volunteer firefighter who was on his way to work at Amerigas. First responders to the scene told investigators that the engine was cool to the touch, indicating the crash had occurred some time before it was discovered.

Trooper Brammer was joined at the scene by Lt. Mark Dial and a member of the THP Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT). Investigation remains ongoing at press time.


Michael Moser may be reached at mmoser@crossville-chronicle.com