|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.