Suspect, victims identified in accident that shut down I-40

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A North Carolina man is charged with Leaving the Scene of an Accident With Injury following a Tuesday wreck that shut down part of Interstate 40, according to the Tennessee Department of Homeland Safety and Security.

Thirty year-old Eugene Moore, of Charlotte, NC, was reportedly hauling chemicals for swimming pools when his 2007 Freightliner sideswiped another Freightliner carrying salt.

The second tractor-trailer ricocheted into a concrete divider and flipped. Its fuel tanks ruptured and the semi was fully engulfed in flames. The driver, 41 year-old Lawrence Shine, from Alabama, was taken to the Vanderbilt Burn Center.

After the semi hit the divider, debris flew off of it and hit a Chevrolet Sliverado. The pickup's driver Brandon Tanner, 28, and the passenger Melissa Tiet, 29, both of Richmond, VA, were injured and taken to UT Medical Center.

Seeing what happened behind him, the driver of the first semi jumped out of his truck and started running. He was later found at a rest area rest area further up I-40. He was arrested and taken to Knox Co. Jail.


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  • by shawn on Aug 26, 2011 at 01:09 PM
    As a professional driver I hope that the district attorney does everything in his/her power to put this idiot away for as long as possible. Anyone who would leave the scene of an accident should never be allowed to drive again commercially or otherwise!

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