KPD identifies driver injured when truck ran off I-40 overpass

Knoxville Police have identified the two truck drivers involved in a Tuesday accident that sent one of the vehicles off an I-40 overpass.

Pedro A. Ruedas, 40, of Dalton, Georgia, was driving the Kenworth flatbed truck that went off the interstate and landed on Strawberry Plains Pike. He was flown by Lifestar helicopter to UT Medical Center after being rescued from the cab of the truck. He is listed in critical condition.

The driver of the 2007 Kenworth tractor-trailer truck that side-swiped the other truck was James Miller, 68, of Parkton, North Carolina.

No other vehicles were involved and no one else was hurt.

Knoxville Police say the investigation is still ongoing, but charges are pending.

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A large truck ran off the interstate and landed on a busy highway below in East Knoxville.

The accident happened around 3 p.m. Tuesday at I-40 and Strawberry Plains.

Knoxville police say two trucks were traveling west on I-40 when one truck hit the other, causing it to slide over the side of the bridge and fall onto Strawberry Plains Pike. The truck did not hit any vehicles on Strawberry Plains.

Firefighters extracted the driver and he was flown by helicopter to UT Medical Center with what appeared to be serious injuries.

Officers are still investigating the crash.


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