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Update: One injured in pickup's foggy crash with tractor-trailer on I-26 near North Carolina line

October 7th, 2013 11:07 am by Staff Reports

Update: One injured in pickup's foggy crash with tractor-trailer on I-26 near North Carolina line

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FLAG POND — A tanker truck carrying the hazardous chemical methoxy propanol on Interstate 26 was struck by a Chevrolet pickup truck Monday morning in Unicoi County, leaving one man injured, authorities said.


Unicoi Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Bill Miller said Matthew Hoffman, 28, of Bakersfield, N.C., was driving eastbound on I-26 uphill in the right lane in a 2005 Chevy 2500 pickup near mile marker 52 when he rear ended a 2004 Freight Liner tractor-trailer driven by Earl Lippmann, 34, of Charleston, S.C. After initially making contact with the tractor-trailer, Hoffman moved into the left lane, overcorrected and collided again with the tractor-trailer on its side.


No hazardous material was released from the tanker. Hoffman suffered injuries and was taken to Johnson City Medical Center. The extent of his injuries were not known. Lippmann had no reported injuries.


Both drivers were wearing seat belts, and charges are pending for Hoffman.

An earlier version of the story

FLAG POND — One person was injured this morning when a pickup truck crashed under a tractor-trailer in foggy conditions on Interstate 26, the Tennessee Highway Patrol reported.

The crash happened about 10:30 a.m. in the eastbound lane near mile marker 52 not far from the North Carolina line.

One lane of traffic was blocked by the crash.

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