By John L. Ross / Staff Writer
Two drivers were sent to the hospital after a six-vehicle crash Tuesday morning on I-75.
According to Whitley County Sheriff Deputy Jeff Anderson, who leads the investigation, four tractor-trailers, a van and a sports car were all involved in the pileup.
The crash shut down both southbound lanes of traffic for more than five hours, and hundreds of drivers were rerouted onto southbound U.S. 25 from Exit 11.
Anderson said a Jaguar, driven by 63-year-old Joseph Wilford Jr., of Sevierville, Tenn., lost control on the wet road and crashed into a tractor-trailer driven by James Edward Holland, of Lakeland, Fla. That truck was hauling electronics.
“That’s what started this whole crash,” Anderson said.
Wilford suffered some minor injuries, and was treated and released from Jellico Community Hospital, according to a hospital spokeswoman. Holland was not injured.
Two logging tractor-trailers owned by Patterson Chip Company in Barbourville ended up involved in the crash as well, Anderson said. One driver, Bruce Helton, of Gray, was not injured. The other truck driver, Frankie Gray, of London, suffered “multiple injuries,” according to Anderson.
“He had back, chest and other injuries,” Anderson added, saying he was also transported to Jellico Community Hospital. A hospital