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State Trooper injured in I-40 wreck

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By BEN DUDLEYThe Wilson Post

A Tennessee Highway Patrol officer was in critical but stable condition after a wreck on Interstate 40 in Wilson County Monday afternoon.

A spokesperson with the Tennessee Department of Transportation reported the crash occurred at mile marker 228 near the Villages of Mt. Juliet, formerly Belinda City, shortly after noon.

According to early reports, the trooper's SUV left the roadway, traveled through the median and hit a culvert, where it apparently caught fire. He was transported by Wilson Emergency Management Agency to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Eastbound and westbound lanes of the interstate were down to one lane near mile marker 227. A TDOT spokesperson estimated the crash to be cleared by midnight Monday. Drivers are urged to avoid the area.

Details of the crash are sketchy. The reconstruction team was reportedly on the scene to try and determine a cause. Tennessee Department of Safety Spokesman Mike Browning said the injured trooper is assigned to the Cookeville District and is from Jamestown. He is 42.

Sgt. Stacey Heatherly said a white SUV, either a Yukon or Suburban, is being sought. It’s believed someone in the SUV might have assisted the trooper.

Staff Writer Ben Dudley may be contacted at ben@wilsonpost.com.

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