Driver injured after truck carrying coal overturns in Johnson City


JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) – The driver of a truck that overturned in Johnson City on Tuesday afternoon was taken to the hospital with injuries, according to a police report.

The truck, which we are now learning was loaded with coal and not asphalt, crashed near the intersection of East Oakland Avenue and Bristol Highway around 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

According to witnesses, the driver was honking his horn and appeared to be “standing on the brakes trying to get the vehicle to stop” before the truck overturned while coming onto Oakland from Bristol Highway.

A police officer noted that the brakes were still very hot 20 minutes after the crash.

The coal truck driver was originally taken to Franklin Woods Community Hospital but later taken as a trauma patient to Johnson City Medical Center.

His condition was not known, but according to the police crash report, the injuries were not life-threatening.

No other injuries were reported, but three other vehicles were involved in the crash.
Coal spilled across the road, closing it for several hours.

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