A tractor trailer driver hauling a load of lumber looked away from the road briefly early Wednesday and ended up in a ditch with his load dumped onto a parking lot.
The wreck happened shortly before 7 a.m. on West Market Street near Poplar Hills Drive. Initially, police diverted traffic onto Poplar Hill, which connects to Indian Ridge Road, which connects back onto West Market. The truck came to rest in front of Abbey Dockery floor covering and put morning traffic at a crawl as responders cleared up the mess.
Police said the driver, Chassar Rader, 46, of Greeneville, was not injured and no other vehicles were involved. Rader was hauling a load of lumber for a trucking company in Gray.
Johnson City firefighters were on standby as tow truck drivers righted the tractor and its flatbed trailer. The firefighters, who had to be on scene until the road was cleared, also helped restack some of the lumber to expedite reopening West Market Street.
The scene was cleared by noon.
Johnson City police are on the scene of an overturned tractor-trailer crash on West Market Street near Poplar Hills Drive. The crash has shut down the westbound lanes of travel on West Market.
The Johnson City Street Department has been called to the scene and is setting up barricades and signs that will reroute westbound traffic up Poplar Hills to Indian Ridge Road.
The tractor-trailer was carrying a load of lumber, which spilled out onto the shoulder and an adjacent parking lot. Police are advising that the cleanup could last several hours.
Police asked drivers to seek alternative routes that will keep them away from the area.