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TROOPER STRUCK ON I40 IN ROANE COUNTY

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Monday Night, a Tennessee Highway Patrol Unit was struck by another car while responding to a property damage accident on I-40. Shortly after 9 pm, Trooper Justin Hamby arrived on scene at the 353-mile marker on I-40 west bound in the left lane, when he was struck by a 2018 Honda Civic being driven by 18-year-old Francisco Martinez of Nashville. Both vehicles came to a final uncontrolled rest in the left lane of I-40, narrowly missing a county patrol unit that was on scene.

A passenger in the car, 22-year-old Karen Ramirez Garcia, also of Nashville, was injured along with Martinez and Trooper Hamby. All three were transported to the hospital to receive treatment for minor injuries. Martinez faces charges of reckless endangerment, reckless driving, drug paraphernalia, failure to exercise due care, no driver’s license, and violation of the financial responsibility law. Garcia does not face any charges.


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