|This news release has been updated to include the identity of the driver and the name of the trucking company. The driver remains hospitalized at Holston Valley Medical Center in critical condition. The crash continues to be under investigation.
As previously released:
On Friday, March 13, 2015, at approximately 11:15 PM, Kingsport Central Dispatch was notified of a single vehicle tractor-trailer crash on Interstate 81 at mile marker 59 in Kingsport. Officers from the Kingsport Police Patrol Division immediately responded to the scene. Due to the severity of the crash and resultant injuries, the K.P.D. Traffic Unit was summoned and assumed the lead investigatory role. Their subsequent crash reconstruction analysis revealed the following:
A red 2008 Volvo semi/tractor-trailer, hauling approximately 30,000 pounds of frozen chicken, was northbound on Interstate 81 crossing a bridge at mile marker 59, just before the Colonial Heights exit. The truck was owned by EMK Express of Joliet, Illinois. For unknown reasons, the truck suddenly swerved sharply to the right and struck a concrete barricade. The truck overrode the railing that topped the barricade and plunged roughly 50 feet to the railroad tracks below.
The driver, 67 year old Aleksandr Andreyevich Lukashov of Beaverton, Oregon, was seriously injured in the crash. He was transported to Holston Valley Hospital by Sullivan County E.M.S. for emergency treatment and is currently listed in critical condition. The truck itself was completely destroyed.
The circumstances surrounding the crash are still under investigation by the K.P.D. Traffic Unit. Anyone who may have witnessed the crash who has not yet spoken to investigators is asked to contact the K.P.D. Traffic Unit at 423-224-2750.
|COLLISION VEHICLE INFORMATION|
|Driver||Name||Aleksandr Andreyevich Lukashov|
|Age||67 Years of Age|
|Injuries||Serious Injuries/Critical Condition|
|Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer
Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit