|On November 4, 2019 at approximately 11:00 AM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers responded to a collision involving two tractor trailers on Fordtown Road at the intersection with Tri-Cities Crossing in Kingsport. Due to the severity of injuries sustained by one of the drivers, the K.P.D. Traffic Unit was called to the scene to investigate. Their findings thus far are as follows:
A white 2019 Freightliner Cascadia tractor-trailer, driven and solely occupied by Carl Adolph Reuter (73 year-old white/male of Milton, Florida), was westbound on Fordtown Road and preparing to proceed straight through the intersection with Tri-Cities Crossing and enter an access ramp to northbound Interstate 81.
Meanwhile a white 2014 WSTR Truck tractor-trailer, driven and solely occupied by Anthony Alan Wofford (63 year-old white/male of Laurel, Mississippi), was northbound on Fordtown Road and preparing to proceed straight through the same intersection onto Tri-Cities Crossing.
The Freightliner had a stop sign; however, the WSTR had no traffic controls. Mr. Reuter failed to yield the right of way and drove the Freightliner into the intersection, directly in the path of the WSTR. With the intersection completely blocked, the WSTR crashed into the side of the Freightliner’s trailer, causing the entire Freightliner tractor and trailer to roll onto its side.
Mr. Reuter was not injured; however, Mr. Wofford sustained serious incapacitating injuries requiring transportation by Sullivan County EMS to an area hospital for emergency medical treatment. As of the time of issuance of this news release, Mr. Wofford remains hospitalized in critical condition.
This crash remains under active investigation by the K.P.D. Traffic Unit with charges pending. As such, additional details neither can nor will be released at this time.