Trooper in critical condition after crash

Monday, December 14, 2009 at 2:31pm
Staff reports

A Tennessee State Trooper is in critical condition after crashing his marked patrol SUV Monday afternoon on Interstate 40 in Wilson County.

The trooper, whose name has not been released, was taken by ambulance to Vanderbilt University Medical Center after the single-vehicle crash.

Although the trooper was traveling eastbound on I-40 near mile marker 228, he is assigned to Cookeville’s Sixth District office.

Tennessee Department of Transportation’s SmartWay traffic Web site says both the eastbound and westbound lanes of I-40 are partially blocked. The roadway is estimated to reopen at midnight.