LEXINGTON, Tenn. — A Surry County man was among four people killed this week after a truck struck a cow in Tennessee, according to media reports.
Rodney M. Price, 49, of Mount Airy, was identified as the driver of a semitrailer that went out of control after hitting the animal Tuesday night on Interstate 40, then swerved across the median into the path of oncoming traffic. Also killed was a passenger in the truck, Brian A. Lederer, 49, of Woodlawn, Va.
The accident happened in Henderson County in southwestern Tennessee.
Price was driving the truck eastbound on I-40 when it struck the cow in the roadway, according to media outlets quoting the Tennessee Highway Patrol. The 18-wheeler then rolled into the median and slid into the westbound lanes, colliding with another tractor-trailer and a 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer.
Two people in the SUV, residents of Ripley, Tenn., also were killed, including the driver and a passenger. A third occupant was injured, but the driver of the westbound tractor-trailer, from Ontario, Canada, was unhurt.
The wreck led to the interstate being shut down until early Wednesday.
Officials say the cow wandered into the highway, but its owner had not been located at last report. Charges were possible against the owner, with investigators saying this would depend on establishing a pattern of negligence regarding loose livestock.