Two Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers were injured Tuesday when other drivers lost control and slammed into their vehicles on an icy interstate. Several troopers had been on the scene to investigate previous crashes when the incidents occurred.
According to the THP report, in one crash, Trooper Brian Purkey was parked in his patrol car on the shoulder of I-40 at milemarker 417 in Jefferson County. The interstate was snow covered and icy, and Purkey was investigating a previous vehicle crash.
The reports says the driver of a van, Albert Asante, 43, of Antioch, was driving too fast for the conditions and lost control. The van crashed into the concrete dividing wall, then spun around and hit the front of Purkey's patrol car.
Purkey and Asante were transported to Jefferson Memorial Hospital to be treated for their injuries. Asante was charged with failure to exercise due care, reckless driving, and a driver's license violation.
In the other crash, Sergeant Jason Lowe was parked in the emergency lane on I-40 westbound when the driver of a van lost control of his vehicle and rear ended Lowe's vehicle.
Lowe was transported to Jefferson Memorial Hospital to be treated for his injuries. A passenger in Lowe's patrol car was also injured, but refused to be taken to the hospital.
The report says there are no charges being filed against the driver of the van.