Truck driver indicted in accident that seriously injured Trooper

Truck driver indicted in accident that seriously injured Trooper Lowell Russell

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Sgt. Lowell Russell (Source: Department of Safety) Sgt. Lowell Russell (Source: Department of Safety)
Eric Dwayne Lewis (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office) Eric Dwayne Lewis (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A grand jury has indicted the man responsible for a fiery wreck that seriously injured a Tennessee state trooper.

Truck driver Eric Lewis was driving west on I-40 near the Gallaher View Road exit in March 2012 when he said he fell asleep at the wheel.

Lewis then struck the vehicle of Trooper Lowell Russell, who had just finished up a traffic stop.

Lewis and emergency workers from a passing Rural/Metro ambulance stopped to pull Russell from his cruiser as a fire burned in the back and passenger side of the vehicle.

Russell was nearly killed, but survived and spent several weeks in the hospital where he underwent a spinal fusion surgery.

On Thursday, a grand jury indicted Lewis on four counts in the accident.

Lewis faces charges of aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, reckless driving and failure to drive within a single lane of traffic.

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