Today is “B” shifts second shift on, and it started out as a busy one. Around 8:45am, Kingsport Fire units responded to Domtar Park for a reported accident with injury. While Engine 4 was responding, they were advised that a truck had exited the I-26 bridge and landed onto the parking lot below. Additional information was received that the driver may still be in the vehicle. Engine 4, Engine 1, and Fire Rescue 12 responded to the incident and arrived to find the driver of a dump truck to still be entrapped in the vehicle. The truck was hauling rock, and it had spilled onto the parking lot where the truck came to rest.
Domtar Park Command requested an additional response that included Engine 2 and Fire Rescue 1 to assist with the heavy vehicle extrication, and Engine 7 and Haz-Mat 7 responded to assist with the fuel/oil spill. The driver was extricated with hydraulic tools and pneumatic tools after about 35 minutes.
This accident was secondary to another accident that occurred on Interstate 26. The dump truck had struck a vehicle on the interstate prior to striking the jersey wall. It impacted the bridge wall and rode on top of the concrete tearing down two light fixtures prior to falling nearly 40 feet to the parking lot.
All responders worked together to extricate the patient from the truck, to control the haz-mat spill, and to assist with clean-up. Kingsport Fire, Kingsport Police, Sullivan County EMS, Kingsport Public Works, and several other agencies initially responded to the incident. Clean-up efforts were still in progress this evening.