Two truckers escaped serious injury Friday when one tractor-trailer rig crashed into a parked semi on I-40 at the Cumberland/Roane county line, the Tennessee Highway Patrol reported.

Fire departments from two counties responded to the accident after the trailer of one truck burst into flames upon impact. Fortunately the crash occurred between the exit and entrance ramps of I-40 at the Airport Rd. junction.

Cory Boston, 35, Hermitage, was driving a 2005 Volvo tractor pulling a trailer loaded with dry goods when his front right tire blew out as he approached a parked tractor trailer rig loaded with steel rods, Trooper Ed Barnwell reported.

Jasper Booker, 37, Granada, MS, had parked his truck off the interstate highway and was standing on the passenger side of the trailer, tightening straps holding his cargo, when the second truck was thrown into his rig by the blowout.

The impact, Barnwell said, knocked the parked truck 12-feet.

Boston was able to scramble to safety before fire consumed the cab of his truck. Booker was taken by ambulance to Cumberland Medical Center where he was treated and released.

"I think he was more scared than anything else," said Trooper Barnwell.

Cumberland County, West Roane County and Midway fire departments as well as ambulances from both counties responded to the accident.

Cleanup took most of the day Friday with traffic being rerouted up the exit and entrance ramps at Airport Rd.

No citations were issued.

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