Driver Crashes into TDOT HELP Truck

Fourth Incident this Month

Knoxville, Tenn. – At approximately 7 a.m. on Friday, October 20, a Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) HELP Truck was struck on I-40 West at mile marker 370, one mile from the Watt Road exit in Knox County. This is the fourth time this month one of TDOT’s trucks has been hit.

“We engineer our roads to be safe as possible,” said TDOT Commissioner Butch Eley. “But there’s no amount of engineering that can change driver behavior. Everyone must slow down, move over, and pay attention.”

The HELP Truck driver was pulling up to assist with a disabled vehicle on the side of the road when they were hit from behind by a car driving on the shoulder. Pictures of the crash are attached.

Our HELP Truck driver is being evaluated for injuries. As for the driver who caused the crash, the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) says he fell asleep. He’s facing several charges including reckless endangerment, having an unregistered vehicle, and improper use of registration.

The Move Over Law was passed in 2006. The penalty for violating the law in Tennessee carries the possibility of up to 30 days in jail and a maximum fine of up to $500.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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