Pedestrian struck, killed by tractor trailer in Clarksville - WSMV News 4


Pedestrian struck, killed by tractor trailer in Clarksville

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A Clarksville man was struck and killed by a tractor trailer Friday morning on State Route 76.

Clarksville police said 44-year-old Christopher Brian Johnson was hit about 7:15 a.m. between Fire Station Road and Huntco Drive.

Family members told investigators it was Johnson's normal routine to walk or ride a bicycle in the area for exercise, and people who live and work in the area tell Channel 4 News they see pedestrians near that stretch of State Route 76 often.

Residents say this stretch of road has long been a concern.

"Sadly, it doesn't surprise me that someone got hit, with as much traffic as there is on this road," said resident Maria Hayes. "It didn't use to be this bad out here, but I guess with the city growing, you know, traffic has increasingly gotten worse," Hayes said.

Police said the truck driver, Edward Loomis of Clarksville, was heading northeast toward Interstate 24 when the tractor trailer hit Johnson.

Police say there are no pending charges at this time and the investigation is ongoing.

The trucking company, Schneider National, has released the following statement:

"It is always an extremely sad situation when any of our drivers are involved in an accident. We are cooperating with authority in the investigation, but currently do not have any additional details to share at this time. Most importantly, our thoughts and prayers are with the gentleman's family."

This marks the second deadly accident involving a tractor trailer and pedestrian in the past week, after a Hume-Fogg student was hit and killed in Nashville.

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