Cell Phone Partially to Blame for Newspaper Truck Crash

JEFFERSON COUNTY, TN (WVLT) - A cell phone may be at least partially to blame for a newspaper truck crash in Jefferson County.

Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers say David Gordon Leatherwood, 61, of Maryville took off his seatbelt to answer his cell phone.

As he did, troopers say he drove the Knoxville News Sentinel box truck off the road, and it flipped into a ditch.

The accident happened on Highway 66 just west of the Hamblen-Jefferson County line.

WVLT Volunteer TV's Rob Pratt reports that rescuers from the Kansas Talbott Fire Department had to cut the roof of the cab open to rescue the Leatherwood.

Leatherwood was treated for a head injury at UT Medical Center and released.

Highway 66 in Jefferson County is back open.

But, crews say they will spend much of the evening cleaning up the crash, and the many papers which blew away after the truck flipped.

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