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Driver hauling horses may have fallen asleep at wheel

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FAIRVIEW, TN (WSMV) -

A trailer hauling horses on Interstate 40 overturned Monday night near Fairview, blocking westbound traffic for hours.

The crash occurred about 5:15 p.m.

State troopers said the truck driver, Mance Frank Reed, 50, of Murfreesboro, may have fallen asleep at the wheel.

The livestock trailer from Three Angels Farms in Lebanon was loaded with 38 horses when it crashed near mile marker 182 in Williamson County.

Reed suffered minor injuries in the crash. Three of the horses were killed, two were seriously injured.

The truck and trailer were cleared by about 10:30 p.m.

The horses that survived were taken to the livestock barn in Dickson. The horses were being hauled to a farm in Texas.

The highway patrol said their investigation is ongoing and that charges are pending.

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Driver hauling horses may have fallen asleep at wheel

 

FAIRVIEW, TN (WSMV)

 

The driver of a truck hauling horses that overturned on I-40 near Fairview may have fell asleep at the wheel, according to a preliminary report.

 

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Mance Frank Reed, 50, of Murfreesboro, was driving a 2006 Freightliner hauling horses owned by Three Angels Farms of Lebanon, when he fell asleep, veered off the right side of the road, lost control of the vehicle and rolled the vehicle on its right side, blocking both lanes of westbound I-40 near Mile Marker 182 in Williamson County.

 

Reed was hauling 38 horses on the trailer. Reed suffered minor injuries and refused transport for medical attention.

 

THP said the investigation is ongoing and charges are pending.

 

The accident occurred about 5:15 p.m. According to the Tennessee Department of Transportation's Smartway website, I-40 West should reopen by 10 p.m.

 

Tennessee Highway Patrol officials were directing traffic off I-40 at McCrory Lane.

 

Stay tuned to Channel 4 News and WSMV.com for updates

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