Trooper speaks for first time since being hit by truck

Trooper speaks for first time since being hit by truck during traffic stop

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Trooper Joe Lindsay says he is still in pain from the accident. Trooper Joe Lindsay says he is still in pain from the accident.

By STEPHANIE BEECKEN
6 News Reporter

JACKSBORO (WATE) - The Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper injured along an East Tennessee interstate is speaking publicly for the first time since the accident.

In the early morning on June 23, Trooper Joe Lindsay was doing traffic control after a vehicle fire on I-75 in Campbell County when he was hit by a tractor-trailer.

The crash left Lindsay with a fractured vertebrate and pinched nerve in his neck plus a fractured rib and arm injuries.

Tennessee State Trooper Joe Lindsay is slowly but surely recovering from his injuries. He says he'll never be same after being hit by the tractor trailer.

"It's really changed my outlook on life. It's changed the way I feel about my job, my family and my friends," said Lindsay.

At the time of the accident, Trooper Lindsay was sitting in his vehicle with the warning lights on doing traffic control for the clean-up of a vehicle fire when he was rammed by a tractor trailer.

"I guess you want to say it was like an explosion, but it was metal on metal. It was bad," said Trooper Lindsay.

On impact, Lindsay said the airbags deployed and he was pushed around the car. The driver of the tractor-trailer kept driving.

"I just leaned back and closed my eyes, because I was in pain," said Lindsay.

Trooper Lindsay was transported to University of Tennessee Medical Center. He suffered a fractured vertebrate and pinched nerve in his neck, a fractured rib and injuries to his arm.

Since being released from the hospital, Lindsay has had to take it easy, which is a difficult task for an active trooper.

"It's been hard. It's a different way of life. It's a way of life that I'm not used to," said Lindsay.

Due to the injuries, Lindsay cannot sleep lying down and has spent every night in his recliner.

"I don't rest. I stay in a lot of pain," he said.

It could be weeks or even months before Trooper Lindsay is healed. He hopes it's sooner rather than later, because he's looking forward to returning to work to help keep other drivers safe.

"That's our job at work is to get people off the road like the person that struck me, so what has happened to me doesn't happen to somebody else," said Lindsay. 

Trooper Lindsay is a husband and father of four. He wants to thank the community and his co-workers for the thoughts and prayers for both him and his family.

Trooper Lindsay also wants to remind drivers to obey the law and move over when they see emergency responders on the road.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, Stewart Snedeker, has been charged with DUI, multiple counts of reckless endangerment, vehicular assault and leaving the scene of a crash along with other charges.

Snedeker's preliminary hearing is August 20 at 2 p.m.

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