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Father, 2 Children Escape Mangled Car After I-40 Crash

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Posted at 3:42 PM, Jul 02, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-30 19:45:28-04

MT. JULIET, Tenn. – A father and his two children were able to make it out of their mangled vehicle after it became pinned underneath a tanker truck along Interstate 40.

The incident happened Thursday morning at mile marker 226 near Mt. Juliet.

Officials with Mt. Juliet Police said the car and a tanker truck hauling milk were involved in a collision. Photos from the scene showed the crushed vehicle pinned beneath the truck.

According to police, the father, identified as 33-year-old Andrew Gentry, and his children, 11-year-old Trevon Gentry and 9-year-old Trevonte Gentry, were able to escape. Andrew was not injured. Both children received non-life threatening injuries and were transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. 

The driver of the tractor trailer was identified as 34-year-old Jonathan Layne. He was not injured in the crash.

Authorities said the wreck appeared to be caused by heavy rain. According to officials Gentry was driving eastbound in the far left lane when he lost control and struck Layne's tractor trailer, which had been travelling eastbound in the right lane.

According to reports, the tractor trailer then drove over Gentry's car.

The impact of the collision caused fuel and milk to leak onto the interstate. Eastbound lanes of the roadway were closed while officials cleaned up the mess.

Crews were able to stop the leak, allowing the interstate to reopen.