Gravel truck topples down embankment onto I-40, crashes into tractor-trailer

Photo: WKRN
Photo: WKRN

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A crash involving a tractor-trailer and a gravel truck blocked traffic on Interstate 40 near I-440 Friday afternoon.

The eastbound lanes were closed as crews worked to clear the area, but all lanes reopened around 5 p.m.

According to officials at the scene, a gravel truck toppled down an embankment and fell onto I-40 where it collided with a tractor-trailer.

Jason Purdue was traveling from California to North Carolina when a gravel truck fell onto the interstate Friday. (Photo: WKRN)
Jason Purdue was traveling from California to North Carolina when a gravel truck fell onto the interstate Friday. (Photo: WKRN)

PHOTOS: Gravel truck topples down embankment

The driver of the tractor-trailer, Jason Purdue, was hauling tomatoes from California to Henderson, North Carolina.

“I’m just on my way to my delivery, cruising through ‘crashville’ I call it. I look up and it’s like a movie you’re watching. You see this truck just falling out of the air,” he said. “Right in my lane. I had nowhere to go. So I just locked it down and braced for impact.”

He continued, “My first thought is to do everything I can to hold my truck in that lane because there’s traffic on either side of me. And that’s the last thing I’m gonna do, hit one of them and hurt them.”

Purdue told News 2 he was thankful he wasn’t injured and could go home to his children.

“By the grace of the man upstairs, I’m here.”

No one was inside the gravel truck when it fell.

On the side of the truck, “JMT Trucking” was painted on the side of the cab.

News 2 called the Iowa-based company and an employee told us they sold the dump truck two years ago to a Nashville-based company.

Our reporter have also reached out to that company but the call was not returned.

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