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Tractor-trailer goes airborne
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A truck driver was airlifted Monday night after his tractor-trailer hit a car from behind, ramped up an embankment, and flew an estimated 75 to 100 feet.

Truck driver Michael Bratcher of Old Nashville Highway was hurt in the crash with injuries to his head and face. He has since been released from Vanderbilt Medical Center, according to state trooper Bob Melching.

The accident took place Monday night around 8:30 p.m. on Nashville Highway as Bratcher was traveling toward Woodbury. His tractor-trailer came upon a sedan which was driven by Jason McNatt of Robert Wilson Road with a 16-year-old passenger.

According to preliminary information, trooper Melching says it appears the car was slowing to turn onto Pigeon Hill Road. Bratcher said he didn’t notice the car and smashed it from behind.

The impact sent both the car and the semi off the road. The semi had the more spectacular journey as Melching said it cleared a road sign and a fence as it traveled an estimated 75 to 100 feet in the air.

McNatt and Ferrell were not injured. Melching says he has no indication drugs or alcohol were involved.

“If Mr. Bratcher had been wearing a seatbelt, he would have hardly been injured at all,” said Melching. “He got pretty banged up, but he has been released from Vanderbilt.”