SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — A Sevier County man was killed Tuesday when the tractor trailer he was driving went off a steep, mountain road in Wears Valley on Tuesday.
Jason Maples, 42, of Sevierville was killed in the crash, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
THP said Maples was driving a 2021 CMV Freightliner that was travelling south on Redtail Road when it struck a forklift that was parked at the bottom of the hill, along the edge of the roadway. A spokesperson for THP added that there was also a forklift attached to the back of the truck.
Investigators say the Freightliner then left the roadway and entered the woods, striking multiple trees before coming to rest.
The report is not final and the investigation is continuing.
THP said Maples was wearing a seat belt and no additional vehicles were involved in the crash.
Redtail is a remote road on the northwest side of Wears Valley, off of South Clear Fork Road near the Foothills Parkway. A fundraiser has been established the help Maples family.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been updated with new information from Tennessee Highway Patrol.