Tenn. Trooper Seriously Injured in Big Rig Hit-and-Run

June 24, 2013
Trooper Joe Lindsay was seriously injured after a tractor-trailer struck his parked cruiser on I-75.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- A Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper was seriously injured in a hit-and-run crash when a commercial truck driver struck his parked cruiser along Interstate 75 in Campbell County on Sunday morning, authorities said.

Trooper Joe Lindsay was operating his warning lights on the shoulder of the roadway while a tow truck and crew remained on the scene of an earlier big-rig crash that occurred Saturday at mile marker 152, according to a news release from the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security.

A tractor-trailer struck Lindsay's cruiser and the tow truck without stopping.

The trooper suffered a fractured vertebrae in his neck, a fractured rib and injuries to his arm, the release states.

Lindsay was treated and released from the University of Tennessee Medical Center.

The truck driver, Stewart Snedeker, was arrested at a service station at exit 141 by Campbell County Sheriff's Office deputies.

Snedeker is charged with driving under the influence of an intoxicant or drug, multiple counts of reckless endangerment, vehicular assault, failure to exercise due care, failure to move over for emergency vehicles, possession of drug paraphernalia, leaving the scene of a crash with injury and failure to report a crash. He was being held Sunday night at the Campbell County Jail.

More details as they develop online.

Copyright 2013 - The Knoxville News-Sentinel, Tenn.

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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