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SARAH GREGORY | The Greeneville (Tenn.) Sun
Emergency responders work at the scene of a crash that killed truck driver James Berl Tacy Jr., 67, of Covington on Monday in Tennessee. Tacy’s truck collided with a pickup on Interstate 81, and police say the pickup driver had been drinking.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Authorities are investigating whether alcohol played a role in the death of a Covington man who was killed Monday when his tractor-trailer burst into flames following a collision with a pickup truck on Interstate 81 in Tennessee.
James Berl Tacy Jr., 67, was pronounced dead at the scene shortly before 1:30 p.m., according to a Tennessee Highway Patrol report.
The report says Tacy was northbound on I-81 at mile marker 18 in Greene County, in east Tennessee, when his 2009 International truck struck a 2008 Chevrolet pickup pulling a trailer. Tacy's tractor-trailer went into the median, struck a guardrail and caught fire.
The Chevy overturned and struck a guardrail as well, injuring its occupants, two adults from Johnson City, Tenn. Neither required transport to a hospital, said highway patrol spokeswoman Dalya Qualls.
All three were wearing seat belts, according to the report.
Trooper Joe Taylor said in the report that the driver of the pickup was drinking, but did not elaborate. The report says criminal charges are pending.
Qualls said the incident remains under investigation and she declined to comment further.
Tacy's family could not be reached Tuesday evening.
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