U.S. Marshal Nearly Crushed By Tractor Trailer In Crash
By Chris Cannon
COLUMBIA, Tenn. – A U.S. Marshal was involved in a serious accident with a tractor trailer in Maury County Thursday afternoon.
The crash happened just after 4 p.m. on Hwy 43 just past Mt. Joy Road.
Officials said that U.S. Marshal and Maury County Sheriff's Deputy David Wray was in his Ford Explorer when a load cardboard shifted inside the trailer as it merged onto the highway.
"And the driver just said the vehicle got heavy coming around this curve and got up on two wheels and come up overtop our vehicle here," said Maury County Chief Deputy Nathan Johns.
Wray was stuck between the overturning trailer and another truck and the front of his SUV was pinned under the wreckage.
"Most of the impact went to the front of the vehicle and over to the passenger side," Johns said.
Both Wray and the driver of the truck were walking around when emergency responders arrived on the scene.
Wray was transported to Maury Regional Hospital.
"He has some back problems, but nothing of any great severity as I just left the hospital and they explained it to me. They possibly going to keep him overnight for observation," said Maury County Sheriff Enoch George.
Highway 43, just outside Columbia remained closed for several hours as crews worked to remove the truck's load of compacted cardboard.
"They're trying to lighten the load to where they can flip this tractor trailer truck back over and get it off the roadway," Sheriff George said.
Highway 43 remained closed for several hours. The driver of the semi was not injured during the wreck.