Driver OK after minivan crushed by truck on Amnicola Highway

Driver OK after minivan crushed by truck on Amnicola Highway

August 3rd, 2011 by Staff Report in Local - Breaking News

Emergency personnel remove a middle-aged white male entrapped in a minivan that was involved in a collision with a Conway Freight truck in the 3400 block of Amnicola Highway. The man was taken to Erlanger Hospital, police said.

Photo by Dan Henry/Times Free Press.

A driver was "conscious and alert" today despite having his minivan smashed by a tractor-trailer truck, police said.

The crash occurred in front of the Police Services Center on Amincola Highway about noon and sent the driver to Erlanger hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to Chattanooga police spokeswoman Sgt. Jerri Weary.

The truck driver told police he was traveling northbound on the highway when the southbound minivan veered into his lane. The truck rolled over the hood of the minivan as it slid underneath.

Neither driver was named by the police.

The crash, which shut down the highway for about an hour, might have been caused by a medical situation, Weary said, and charges are pending further investigation.