An accident involving a tractor trailer rig and a pickup truck hauling a utility trailer caused a detour of traffic for a period of time Thursday afternoon on Highway 70 at Sligo.
Trooper Bobby Johnson of the Tennessee Highway Patrol told WJLE that 22 year old Joseph Suarez of Union City was driving east in a 2008 Ford F250 negotiating a curve when the utility trailer he was pulling crossed the center line and struck a westbound 2007 International Tractor Trailer, driven by 50 year old Thomas Rush of Hermitage. Rush was hauling general freight for Central Transport. The utility trailer hit the left side of the truck, rupturing the fuel tank, and causing the truck to jack knife in the highway. An environmental crew was called to the scene to clean up the fuel spill.
No one was injured but Suarez was charged with violation of due care, violation of the financial responsibility law, and no trailer registration.
In addition to Trooper Johnson, members of the DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department, Sheriff's Office, TDOT highway crew, and Emergency Management Agency Coordinator Charlie Parker were all on site.