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Truck company involved in I-40 crash has multiple violations

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The gravel spilled all over the interstate, blocking all lanes. (WSMV) The gravel spilled all over the interstate, blocking all lanes. (WSMV)
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I-40 in west Nashville was shut down for several hours last Friday after a serious crash.

A dump truck laying gravel fell off an embankment and onto the highway below.

No one was injured, but the Channel 4 I-Team wanted to know how something like this could happen.

Some former employees of the construction company involved contacted the I-Team saying we should dig deeper into this crash. That information got us asking more questions.

The I-Team began looking into the company’s history. The truck belongs to Sammons Waterproofing, a construction company that was delivering gravel to a construction site.

Online federal safety records show the company has had two inspections and three violations in the past two years. The I-Team also learned one of the company’s trucks was involved in a crash back in February 2015.

According to the police report from Friday’s crash, the driver, William Green got out of the truck with the engine still on and blocked his tires so the truck wouldn't move.

The report doesn't indicate why Green felt it necessary to put something there. Was there a concern about the brakes or was he being cautious about parking on a cliff? The I-Team is still waiting to get answers from Sammons Waterproofing.

Jason Perdue was headed to North Carolina when the truck rolled onto the interstate right in front of him.

“Next thing you know I’m like, oh my God, what is that? It’s a truck. Is it really a truck?” Perdue said.

The report also states a fire hydrant was knocked over and rolled onto the interstate, damaging several other vehicles. Only one person had to be taken to a nearby hospital with minor injuries.

Since the crash, the I-Team has also learned the driver was laying gravel for a company named Landmark Homes, which obtained a building permit in July to build a duplex.

The I-Team checked and the work is still scheduled to go on as planned regardless of Friday’s incident.

Metro police have been investigating the incident since it happened but said it is no longer an ongoing investigation because no one was seriously hurt.

The I-Team also reached out to the Tennessee Department of Transportation, the Tennessee Highway Patrol and the Tennessee Occupational Health and Safety Administration. So far no one else in investigating what happened.

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