Sheriff: Unicoi Co. road superintendent ‘very lucky’ after dump truck crash; cause under investigation


ERWIN, Tenn. (WJHL) — UPDATE – The Unicoi County Road Superintendent left a serious dump truck crash with scrapes, bruises and two broken ribs on Wednesday.

According to Unicoi County Sheriff Mike Hensley, superintendent Terry Haynes was in a county dump truck on Jackson Love Highway on Wednesday after having just dumped a load of dirt when the crash occurred.

Sheriff Hensley says Haynes was leaving the area when either the bed of the dump truck malfunctioned and started raising on its own or it did not lower all the way after dumping.

The top of the bed of the truck hooked onto the top of the underpass on the highway and the truck overturned.

Sheriff Hensley says the cause of the bed hooking onto the underpass is still under investigation.

Haynes was extricated from the truck and flown to Johnson City Medical Center for his injuries.

“He’s very lucky,” Sheriff Hensley told News Channel 11 on Thursday.

Haynes remains in the ICU for observation only as of Thursday morning.

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Unicoi County Road Superintendent Terry Haynes was involved in a dump truck crash on Tuesday, a county official confirmed to News Channel 11.

The crash happened on Jackson Love Highway before the train underpass, according to county Mayor Bubba Evely.

Evely said Haynes was extricated from the county dump truck and flown to Johnson City Medical Center.

News Channel 11 has reached out to the Unicoi County Sheriff’s Office for more information.

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