A truck driver has been apprehended and charged after a fatal incident involving another trucker in a Tennessee Pilot parking lot, authorities confirmed.
What happened: On January 12, 64-year-old Alabama trucker Gary M. Clark was killed after being hit by a semi-truck driven by John R. Emery Jr., 70, in White Pine, Tennessee. The situation was initially discovered by another driver at the scene.
Details: Emery reportedly struck Clark near the Pilot Travel Center fuel island, but did not stop to refuel. Instead, he went inside the store. Upon being informed by other drivers that he had hit someone, Emery chose to leave the premises, driving south on Interstate 81.
Aftermath: Following an investigation, Emery was identified and a warrant was issued on January 29 for Leaving the Scene of an Accident Involving Death or Injury. He was arrested on February 2.
Background: The White Pine Police Department utilized video surveillance from the Pilot gas station to assist in identifying Emery and piecing together the events of the tragedy.
Current status: After his arrest, Emery was booked into the Jefferson County Jail. The trucking community is reminded that truck stops and parking lots can be areas of unexpected dangers and to remain vigilant and conscientious of their surroundings.
Big picture: This incident highlights the importance of safety and awareness in truck parking lots, where drivers are often on foot and potentially vulnerable.