KPD e-News Release: Tractor Trailer Rollover Crash Delays Interstate Traffic

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

ThomasMPatton • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

SUBJECT: Tractor Trailer Rollover Crash Delays Interstate Traffic
DATE: March 26, 2016
CASE #: 16-006177
On March 26, 2016 shortly after 10:00 AM Kingsport Police Patrol Officers responded to a motor vehicle collision at the intersection of Interstates 26 and 81. The ensuing investigation revealed the following:

A 2011 Peterbilt semi/tractor trailer, driven by Ronnie W. Ellenburg, was negotiating a curve on the ramp from eastbound Interstate 26 to northbound Interstate 81. The tractor trailer was owned by Everhart Transportation, Inc. of Greeneville, TN. As the tractor trailer prepared to merge onto I-81, it rolled over onto its side and slid into the northbound traffic lanes. Fortunately, no other vehicles were involved in the crash.

Mr. Ellenburg sustained non-incapacitating injuries and was transported to Holston Valley Medical Center for treatment. He was later issued a citation for Failure to Maintain Control.

The ramp and some travel lanes of Interstate 81 have remained closed now for over six hours. A commercial wrecker is on scene attempting to return the tractor trailer to an upright position, with the expectation of having the roadway cleared and all lanes reopened soon.

Make Peterbilt
Model Semi/Tractor-Trailer
Year 2011
Type Semi/Tractor-Trailer
Color Red


Everhart Transportation, Inc.

Greeneville, TN

Damage Disabling Damage
Driver Name Ronnie W. Ellenburg
Age 62 Years of Age
Gender/Race Male/White
Residency Mosheim, TN
Injuries Non-Incapacitating Injuries
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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