Benton man killed in head-on wreck with tractor-trailer in Polk County

Benton man killed in head-on wreck with tractor-trailer in Polk County

May 23rd, 2012 by Ben Benton in News

A collision between a pickup and tractor-trailer in Benton, Tenn., claimed the life of a local man late Monday, authorities said.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol and Benton police investigated the accident that killed 48-year-old Samuel R. Cross, Benton Police Chief Rocky King said.

Cross was not wearing his seat belt, authorities said.

The accident, which happened about 11:10 p.m., involved Cross' 1993 Ford Ranger and a 1995 Peterbilt tractor-trailer. The collision took place near Benton Shooters Supply on U.S. Highway 411 in a construction zone, authorities said.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, Douglas W. Weaver, had no serious injuries, according to highway patrol reports.

Cross was driving south on U.S. 411 when he lost control and slid off the road, striking some construction barrels before coming back onto the highway and entering the oncoming lane, where his truck hit the northbound rig head-on, the chief said.

State Trooper John Cochran said Weaver was hauling potatoes from Florida to Ohio. The road was wet from rain and Cross' speed might have contributed to the accident, Cochran said.

The investigation is pending but no charges are expected, he said.

Polk County dispatchers and THP said the wreck shut down traffic for about 21/2 hours, but was cleared overnight and posed no traffic problems Tuesday morning.

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