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Kentucky trucker killed after semi plunges 1,000 feet off interstate

CARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Kentucky trucker has been killed when
his tanker rig ran off Interstate 75 near Caryville and plunged
about 1,000 feet down a mountainous slope.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol said the Thursday afternoon crash
was so intense that it ejected 60-year-old driver Gary Gabehart of
Louisville, Ky., even though he was wearing a seat belt.
The Knoxville News Sentinel quoted Trooper Matthew Chitwood's
report, which stated Gabehart lost control as he tried to stop his
rig because traffic was slowed by a previous accident. The big
truck jackknifed, clipped and overturned a pickup, veered to the
right and broke through a guard rail, then plunged down the
embankment. The pickup driver wasn't hurt.
The tanker was carrying liquid nitrogen.
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Information from: The Knoxville News Sentinel,
http://www.knoxnews.com

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