Three people were injured during a motor vehicle accident involving a semi-truck on Manchester Highway on Tuesday at 5 p.m.
According to Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper Andrew Coppinger, the driver of the semi was traveling outbound and failed to stop at a red light at the highway’s intersection with Bridgestone Drive.
“The driver of the semi was Jacob Elam, 19,” said Coppinger. “He had a red light. Upon entering the intersection, he struck a Chevy Equinox on its driver’s side.”
Driving the SUV was Larry Troutman, 69, of Cookeville. The jaws of life were used by emergency rescue personnel to extricate him from the vehicle. Removed prior to that effort were his wife, Donna, and son, Kevin. Their ages were not provided.
“Mr. Troutman was airlifted to Vanderbilt for treatment,” said Coppinger. “I’m told he’s in stable condition. The passengers were transported to Saint Thomas River Park for treatment. They were released later that night.”
According to witnesses, the family was traveling inbound and stopped at Subway for a bite to eat. After exiting the restaurant, Troutman took the side exit onto Bridgestone Drive and was attempting a left turn onto Manchester Highway.
Elam was cited for running a red light. He was uninjured.