A Wal Mart tractor trailer hauling 44,000 pounds of Nestle’s bottled water overturned Thursday afternoon, July 14th, on Highway 10 South, closing the road for over five hours.
According to the investigating officer, Trooper Terry Seay, of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, 61-year-old Billy Lee Bentley, of Blountsville, Alabama, was driving southbound on the Hartsville Road, when the 2009 Freightliner dropped off the shoulder of the road, struck a road sign, overturned on its right side, sprawling across the road and down an embankment, into a fence.
Bentley was transported to Macon County General Hospital by the EMS suffering from several broken ribs and a head injury. No citations were issued and workers unloaded the truck until almost dark.
Chief Scruggs arrived on the scene to asset the situation and ensure there were no fluid leaks or any kind of environmental hazards that needed to be addressed. “ Fortunately there was only a small release of motor oil that we contained,” noted the emergency management director.
The Lafayette Fire Department and Rescue Squad closed off all north and south bound traffic from the intersection at the top of the hill to Meadorville Church, which is located several miles down Highway 10.
First responders included the Macon County Sheriffs Department, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Macon County EMS, Lafayette Fire Department, Macon County Rescue Squad and the Macon County Chronicle.