The impact sent the tractor-trailer off the east side of the road where it jack-knifed into the tree line.
That is why both lanes of Hwy. 109 had to be closed, she said, as wreckers had to be brought in and placed in certain locations to be able to straighten out and pull the truck back onto the roadway. Hwy. 109 in both directions was reopened by 10 a.m., Friday.
The truck, operated by Sysco, a company that delivers food to many restaurants in the area, was empty.
McPherson said troopers believe the accident was alcohol related but have not been able to obtain a blood alcohol test on Haney due to the severity of his injuries.
McPherson noted that Haney was transported by ground ambulance to Sumner Regional Medical Center where doctors could stabilize him. He was then transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he was listed in critical condition.
Downs, the driver of the tractor-trailer, was taken to the hospital as a precaution but was not injured.