Truck wrecks on Elizabethton highway, closes eastbound lanes temporarily

John Thompson • Dec 26, 2019 at 11:38 PM

ELIZABETHTON — A single vehicle truck accident temporarily blocked the eastbound lanes of the Elizabethton expressway (Tenn. Highway 67) near the Milligan Highway exit on Thursday.

The driver was identified as Terry Swafford, 50, McKenzie. He was reported to have suffered minor injuries and was transported to the Johnson City Medical Center for treatment. The accident was investigated by the Tennessee Highway Patrol and Swafford was charged with failure to exercise due care.

According to the preliminary report, Swafford was driving eastbound in a 2013 Peterbilt at 11 a.m. when he lost control while negotiating a curve. The trailer then began to tilt and the load of aluminum coils shifted, causing the truck to overturn, coming to rest on its side.

The accident caused blockages to the eastbound lanes. One lane was cleared before noon, but the lane was closed again when the wreckers recovered the truck. Once the truck was righted, one lane was reopened. Officers from the Elizabethton Police Department, the Elizabethton Fire Department and the Carter County Rescue Squad were on the scene. In addition, the Johnson City Police Department routed traffic coming from Johnson City onto the Milligan Highway when the lanes were blocked.

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