Worker killed at Exit 8 construction site
A 34-year-old construction worker was killed Thursday afternoon when he reportedly stepped into the path of a tractor-trailer on Interstate-81 at the Exit No. 8.
Chad L. Rogers, of Morristown, had reportedly darted into the northbound lanes after his hard hat blew off in the construction area.
Lawrence Barry Detamore, 38, of California, was driving a flatbed tractor-trailer. According to witnesses he was driving the speed limit of 55 mph, when Rogers ran in front of his truck.
A fatality report from the Tennessee Highway Patrol indicated that Detamore would not face any charges in the incident.
Charles Blalock and Sons, Inc. had reportedly recently hired Rogers.
The construction work is part of the ongoing $22.58 million contract by the Tennessee Department of Transportation for interchange improvements at Exit 8 of I-81.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Mayes Family Services and were incomplete Friday morning.
This is the second pedestrian to be killed since the project began in 2011. On July 14, Charles “Matt” Hayes, a 29-year-old from Lewisburg, was struck by a truck while he was conducting survey work for the project.
Since the work began, TDOT has alerted motorists to be alert and use extreme caution in this area.
In this case, however, the trucker could not avoid striking Rogers, according to reports. TDOT was expected to release a statement on the accident Friday afternoon.
-By Aletheia Davidson, Tribune Staff Writer