CAVE CITY — A Tennessee truck driver was treated for injuries at Caverna Memorial Hospital and released after the semi he was driving overturned along Interstate 65 at approximately 11:13 p.m. Monday.
William E. Essex, 40, of Hillsboro, Tenn., was operating a 2013 Freightliner owned by K&B Transportation northbound near the 51.8 milepost when, for an unknown reason, he exited the right hand side of the roadway and struck the guardrail face, according to a Kentucky State Police press release. The tractor-trailer traveled approximately 80 feet along the guardrail face and then went over the guardrail, traveled down an embankment, overturned and continued sliding down the embankment until it finally came to a final rest on its right side, according to the KSP statement.
Northbound traffic was reduced to one lane nearly into midday Tuesday while efforts to upright the truck, offload the frozen meat the it was carrying and then get the truck towed were under way, according to Keirsten Jaggers, public information officer for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's Department of Highways District 3 Office in Bowling Green. The other northbound lane was reopened at approximately 11:36, she said.
Trooper Wesley Medley is investigating this accident and he was assisted on scene by Trooper Timmy Jewell, Barren-Metcalfe EMS, Cave City Volunteer Fire Department, Barren County Emergency Management, Alvey’s Towing, Scotty’s Construction and the Kentucky Highway Department.