Pending As Report
Says Other Driver
Had Been Drinking
BY SARAH GREGORY
A truck driver from Virginia is dead, and criminal charges are pending as investigation continues into a crash Monday on Interstate 81 in Greene County.
The crash occurred near the Greene/Hamblen county line just before 1:30 p.m. Monday, snarling traffic for several hours while emergency responders worked on accident response, cleanup and investigation.
A report by Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Joe Taylor identifies the truck driver as 67-year-old James Berl Tacy Jr., of Covington, Va.
Tacy was operating his 2009 International tractor-trailer -- a tandem rig -- in the northbound lanes of I-81 when he collided with a pickup truck pulling a camper trailer.
The tractor-trailer went into the median, struck a guard rail, and caught fire.
The pickup truck overturned and struck the guard rail.
A supervisor for Greene County-Greeneville Emergency Medical Services (EMS) serving as medical investigator pronounced Tacy dead at the scene.
The report indicates that neither the driver of the pickup, Kevin J. Bowling, 60, nor passenger Pamela R. Bowling, 57, both of Johnson City, was seriously injured.
Taylor's report indicates that Kevin Bowling had been drinking.
No citations were issued, but criminal charges are pending.
All of the individuals were wearing safety belts.
A spokesman for the THP said that the investigation is continuing.
Traffic in the northbound lanes of I-81 was stopped and diverted from Exit 12, the THP reported Monday.
Traffic in southbound lanes, the spokesman said, was slowed and backed up for several miles.
Local emergency agencies also responding to the scene were units from the Greeneville Emergency & Rescue Squad, the Mosheim, Midway, and McDonald volunteer fire departments, and the Greene County Sheriff's Department.