A TDOT HELP truck operator was hurt following a stalled vehicle incident on I-40 west Friday evening after he had stopped traffic to move the vehicle.
The Knoxville Police Department also responded to the scene.
According to TDOT, the HELP truck operator was struck in the line of duty, “he is in good shape except for some cuts, scrapes, and bruises,” TDOT’s spokesperson Mark Nagi said in a statement.
Nagi confirming the TDOT HELP truck operator, whose name has not been released, was stopping traffic on the ramp from Bridgewater Road to I-40 West to move a vehicle from the mainline shoulder to the ramp shoulder for safety.
KPD said the operator had stopped to assist a driver who was having mechanical difficulties with their vehicle. As he was stopping the traffic on the ramp to help move that vehicle off of the Interstate he was struck by another vehicle traveling from the ramp to the interstate.
The truck operator sustained only minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital for treatment. He is expected to be treated and released tonight or in the morning.
Heavy rain and congested traffic were contributing factors in the incident, KPD said, adding, “we thank our TDOT Help Truck Operators for the job they do and wish a speedy and full recovery to the Operator injured this afternoon. Please always slow down and pay extra special attention anytime you see flashing lights on the roadside.”
“112 TDOT workers have died in the line of duty. Today is an example of how dangerous the work our TDOT employees do is every day. It is so important that motorists keep an eye out for our folks,” Nagi said via email.