Cosby volunteer firefighter, truck driver die in I-40 crash

Cosby volunteer firefighter, truck driver die in I-40 crash

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The wreck happened at 6:50 a.m. near mile marker 443 and the Foothills Parkway exit. The wreck happened at 6:50 a.m. near mile marker 443 and the Foothills Parkway exit.
Wood pallets were scattered on the highway, slowing traffic around the wreck.. Wood pallets were scattered on the highway, slowing traffic around the wreck..
The Tennessee Department of Transportation says one westbound lane of the interstate was blocked and eastbound traffic was also affected. The Tennessee Department of Transportation says one westbound lane of the interstate was blocked and eastbound traffic was also affected.
Clayton Ball (source: family photo) Clayton Ball (source: family photo)

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

HARTFORD (WATE) - A Cosby volunteer firefighter and the driver of an 18-wheeler truck died Monday in a crash on Interstate 40 in Cocke County.

Cosby Volunteer Fire Chief Chris Gregg confirms a member of his department, Clayton Ball, 33, died in the crash.

Ball had been with the fire department for more 13 years.

"He would do anything for anybody," said Gregg, "Anytime you asked him to do anything. I would call him numerous times. When we were shorthanded and needed some help, he would be listening to his radio or working. He would leave what he was doing and come to us and help us."

Gregg said the driver of a truck also involved in the wreck died, but Gregg did not provide the driver's name.

THP's Sgt. Bill Miller told 6 News the wreck happened at 6:50 a.m. near mile marker 443 and the Foothills Parkway exit.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation says one westbound lane of the interstate was blocked and eastbound traffic was also affected. 

According to Chief Gregg, Ball was a passenger in a wrecker truck that was pulling a load of pallets. The tow truck was re-ended by another vehicle.

Traffic moved slowly while crews worked to clean up wood pallets that were scattered on the highway. The road reopened around 2 p.m.

Ball was a life-long resident of Cosby, and graduated from Cocke County High School.

He lived across the street from the main fire station, and was usually one of the first firefighters on the scene.

"Clayton was a good hearted person," said Cosby Volunteer Fire assistant chief Paul Bryant. "He would give you his shirt off his back if you needed."

Everyone 6 News spoke with said Ball's shoes will be hard to fill.

"I just think it will be a tragic loss for the Cosby community, and Cocke County in general," said Gregg. "It's hard to find volunteer fire fighters of that caliber. He will be truly missed by us and we feel for the family."

Ball's funeral has been set for Wednesday, September 18, at Manes Funeral Home in Newport at 7 p.m. His burial will be Thursday, September 19, at Webbs Creek Cemetery.

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