A Greene County man injured Thursday morning in Kingsport when the dump truck he was driving went off a concrete barrier on Interstate 26 and dropped about 80 feet off a bridge to the road below remained hospitalized this morning.
David O. Jeffers, 50, of Mosheim, was taken to Holston Valley Medical Center after the wreck, where he was listed in fair condition, hospital spokesman Jim Wozniak said.
Jeffers had been listed in serious condition on Thursday.
The Kingsport Times-News reported that Jeffers was freed from the truck cab by rescue personnel and taken to Holston Valley Medical Center.
Two occupants of a SUV that hydroplaned and caused the crash also were taken to the hospital with minor, non-life-threatening injuries, the newspaper reported.
The wreck happened about 8:45 a.m. Thursday in the eastbound lanes of I-26, just past the Holston River and above Domtar Park. Kingsport police said a 2004 Kia Sorento hydroplaned and veered from the left lane into the right lane.
Police said the Sorento was then struck in the rear by a 2000 Sterling dump truck, which had been traveling in the right lane. After separating from the SUV, the dump truck immediately veered left, hitting the inside concrete barrier of the bridge at about a 45-degree angle.
The angle of impact allowed the truck to roll up the wall and ride the top, taking out two light poles along the bridge. It then topped the barrier and overturned, falling to the parking lot below. Police estimated the drop at about 80 feet.
The dump truck driven by Jeffers landed on its driver's side in the parking lot of Domtar Park, on Riverport Road.
Jeffers was freed from the vehicle by members of the Kingsport Fire Department and Kingsport Life Saving Crew, then transported to the hospital by Sullivan County EMS, the newspaper reported.
Police said Jeffers remained alert and conscious while being treated by emergency responders at the scene.
The driver of the Sorento that hydroplaned, Daniel A. Roberts, 19, of Kingsport, suffered minor injuries. So did his passenger, 19-year-old Miriah Roemhild, also of Kingsport.
The dump truck's impact in Domtar Park left a big cleanup that included piles of rubble the truck had hauled, two dislodged streetlights from the interstate above and a large oil spill.