A tragic accident between a logging truck and a fire truck has resulted in two deaths in Hardin County. The Tennessee Highway Patrol reports that the car accident happened while the fire truck was en route to a call. The driver of the fire truck, a 69-year-old man, and the driver of the logging truck, a 30-year-old man, both died in the crash.
According to authorities, the fire truck was on its way to a house fire at approximately 9:30 a.m. on a Tuesday. While en route, it collided with the logging truck. A spokesperson from the highway patrol said that the fire truck had crossed into opposing traffic, which resulted in the collision. The logging truck driver was not wearing his seat belt. Authorities say they cannot determine if the fire truck driver had been using his.
Individuals who live close to the accident site told reporters that the stretch of road where the accident happened is particularly dangerous. One resident said that the road has a lot of curves, and drivers must be careful while navigating it. The fire department reported that, although it eventually responded to the house fire, they were unable to save the home.
Regardless of who is faulted in a fatal car accident like this one, family members may wish to perform their own investigations to reconstruct exactly how the accident occurred. Indeed, sometimes an independent evaluation of a Tennessee car accident can yield unexpected facts that help individuals pursue wrongful death claims for financial restitution. In this case, family members of the deceased will also want to establish who is liable.
Source: wbbjtv.com, "Firefighter, truck driver identified in Hardin Co. crash", Kurt Mullen, Dec. 9, 2014