WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – A 62-year-old man died Monday morning after his car crashed into the back of Tennessee Department of Transportation truck.
It happened around 9:30 a.m. on State Route 840 near the Sedberry Road overpass in Williamson County.
According to a traffic report by the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the driver of a 2008 Saturn Aura was travelling east when it struck the back of the TDOT truck.
The car then spun and came to a rest facing the south.
The driver, 62-year-old Steven Frohlich, was killed instantly. He was from Thompson’s Station.
The driver of the TDOT truck, 37-year-old Jason Binkley, also of Thompson’s Station, was outside of his vehicle picking up trash at the time. The impact caused his truck to knock him over the guardrail.
He was transported to a local hospital for treatment, TDOT officials said. He was last listed in stable condition.
Spokeswoman BJ Doughty told News 2 the everyday work of TDOT employees is “very, very dangerous.”
She said since the department began keeping records in the 1940s, a total of 109 workers have been lost.
The eastbound lanes of the roadway were closed for several hours while crews investigated.
The cause of the crash remains unknown.