Representative Jeremy Faison, R-Cosby was involved in a serious wreck Friday in Smith County, according to WKRN and the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
Faison had to be transported to Tennova Hospital, then to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Faison, 42, is is a Republican member of the Tennessee House of Representatives for the Eleventh District.
According to Tennessee Highway Patrol’s preliminary investigation, Faison was driving a Ford F-150 pick-up truck traveling on I-40E in the left lane, when his vehicle crossed over the center line into the right lane, making contact with a a CMV tractor-trailer driven by a Memphis man.
The tractor-trailer braked hard, THP’s reports says, attempting to avoid contact with Faison’s vehicle but was unable. Faison’s truck then left the roadway into the emergency lane where it struck a guardrail, then rolled several times, ultimately coming to rest on its top.
Faison was not wearing a seat belt, THP says.
WATE 6 On Your Side reached out to Faison as soon as we heard about the crash.
“Thank you so much for the overwhelming support for my family and I. We will never forget the kindness shown and the quality care we have received. I have a recovery that will take some time but I am very well, considering the seriousness of the accident,” said Faison.
Faison also said he had three broken ribs, his nose was broken in two different places and he had to get 28 staples in his head.
The Memphis man driving the tractor-trailer was not injured.
The investigation is ongoing, this is a developing story. WATE 6 On Your Side and WKRN will bring you more as new information is made available.