MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Tenn. - A Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper was struck while working a crash Thursday night on Interstate 24 in Montgomery County.
THP officials said Trooper Julio Lassalle was working a previous crash with injuries on the shoulder of the eastbound lanes near mile marker 9 around 10 p.m. In that crash, a 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 lost control in a curve, went off the right side of the roadway and struck an embankment.
Just after passing that crash scene, a 2002 Ford F-150 slowed down to a near stop in the left lane. A 2009 Suzuki SXS then tried to merge over into the left lane in front of a tractor trailer, which could not stop in time and struck the vehicle.
Investigators said Lassalle heard the crash while walking in the emergency lane, and attempted to run away from the Suzuki once he realizes it was coming at him. Lassalle was then struck by the vehicle.
The driver of the tractor trailer also lost control of his vehicle and struck the tow truck that was on scene to pick up the vehicle involved in the initial crash that Trooper Lassalle was working.
Trooper Lassalle was struck in the right hip and back area, and knocked to the ground. He was able to get up and walk around following the crash, but was taken to Gateway Medical Center, where he was treated and released.
The driver and passenger in the tractor trailer were injured, but refused treatment.
The driver of the vehicle involved in the initial crash was also taken to Gateway. Investigators said 51-year-old Norma Moore would be charged with DUI.
Charges in the secondary crash that injured the trooper were pending the outcome of the investigation.