A trucker from North Carolina suffered fatal personal injuries in a fiery accident on the morning of June 17 in Jefferson County, Tennessee that resulted in westbound Interstate 40 being closed for more than six hours.
According to Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Mark Self, 68-year-old Leicester, N.C. resident Donald Wayne Sluder was killed in the crash, which took place around 2:30 a.m.
Sluder was transporting a load of plastic pipe in a trailer pulled by a 2001 Volvo tractor when he ran off the road to the right and struck a guardrail.
The tractor-trailer continued heading west, colliding with a pillar for an overpass. The impact resulted in the tractor and trailer separating. The tractor continued to travel westbound, caught fire, and eventually came to rest in both westbound lanes. Sluder was trapped inside, according to Self’s report.
Self said that Sluder was wearing his seat belt, but due to the violent impact, it made no difference.