Double fatality in Tennessee construction zone

By Kimberely Lennard, Land Line staff writer | 9/26/2012

A Tennessee traffic accident on Sept. 24 resulted in the deaths of a truck driver and construction contractor, and the injury of a highway patrolman.

Charles Thomas Morgan, 53, of Rutledge, TN, died after his truck collided with a straight truck and a highway patrol car. The driver of the straight truck, Nicolas S. Feller, 28, of Shandon, OH, was standing in front of his truck and was killed when one of the trucks hit him, according to the police report.

Morgan was traveling northbound on I-75 in Charleston with a load of live chickens when he came upon a construction zone at about 3:43 a.m. His truck hit Feller’s truck, which is registered to Site Safe Products, a Kentucky company employed by the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

Morgan’s truck then hit Trooper Travis Ryans’ car, pushing it into the right shoulder. Ryans was treated and released from the hospital.

The report states the construction zone was marked with emergency lighting and warning lighting activated.

The interstate was shut down until approximately noon, according to the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office.

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