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Semi driver sought in I-840 crash that injured woman, grandson

Posted at 2:05 PM, Jul 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-29 23:37:50-04

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (WTVF) — Authorities have asked the public’s help in locating a semi driver in connection with a crash that injured two in Williamson County.

The collision happened on Sunday, July 21 on eastbound Interstate 840 near the Staff Sergeant David L. Loyd Memorial Bridge.

The sheriff’s office says a woman and her 6-year-old grandson were traveling in a black Ford Explorer when she says a passing tractor trailer hit the side of her vehicle.

The impact of the crash forced her off the road and down a hill. Both are still recovering from their injuries.

Investigators say the tractor trailer was described as being blue or red. Anyone with information should call Sgt. George Poss at 615-642-5762.

Fritz Durr was the 6-year old inside the SUV during the crash, who described the moments immediately after.

"I almost thought I was going to pass out," Fritz said.

Deputies said Fritz was able to unbuckle himself from his booster seat while upside down, and then help his grandmother in the front seat.

"I was upside down, so I didn't want to hit my noodle," Fritz said while pointing to his head. "So i toppled over, I was like, 'woah!'"

He even had the presence of mind to take the keys out of the ignition so the car would turn off.

Fritz's mother, Mary Catherine Kennard, credits Fritz's ability to react well under pressure because of his nearly weekly trips he takes to the downtown Knoxville Fire Department to visit his firefighter friends.