Bluff City man dead after crash involving cement truck in Gray

Bluff City man dead after crash involving cement truck in Gray

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GRAY, TN (WJHL) - The Washington County Sheriff's Office has identified the man killed in a Monday afternoon crash on Highway 75.

Lt. Randall Wines told News Channel 11 that Jerry Dugger, 49, of Bluff City, turned left from Sam Jenkins Road onto the highway and into the path of a cement truck owned by USA Mix, traveling southbound around 4:50 p.m.

Dugger reportedly died from the injuries he sustained in the crash.

A passenger in the truck, Dalton Whitson, 20, of Bluff City, reportedly had "non life-threatening" injuries and was taken to the Johnson City Medical Center for treatment.

The driver of the cement truck, Gerald L. Helbert, 44, of Blountville, was not injured.

No charges have been filed in the crash and the investigation is still ongoing.

Highway 75 was closed for as along as two hours.



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One person died in a crash on Highway 75 in Gray on Monday afternoon.

According to reports from the scene, a fully loaded cement truck and a pickup truck collided shortly before 5 p.m.

The driver of the pickup died.

The crash happened near the intersection of 75 and Sam Jenkins Road, when the pickup truck reportedly pulled out of Sam Jenkins Road and into the path of the cement mixer.

Traffic was not moving going toward Gray and Interstate 26, but cars moving in the other direction were being rerouted.

A passenger in the pickup was injured, and was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the cement truck was also taken to the hospital for DOT tests, but he was reportedly not injured. Tennessee Highway Patrol is assisting with the inspection of the cement mixer and driver tests since the vehicle was a licensed DOT truck.

The cement truck weighed an estimated 60,000 pounds, as it was fully loaded with cement.

The sheriff's office accident reconstruction team will reportedly be back at the scene of the crash Tuesday to finish the investigation.

The road where the accident occurred was reopened to traffic around 7 p.m. Monday evening.

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