Accident closes Hillsboro Blvd. near Interstate-24 114 overpass

Manchester Fire Department chief George DeShields walks past the scene Thursday morning where a car traveled underneath a tractor-trailer on U.S. 41 near the I-24 overpass at exit 114. The driver of the car was flown to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga for treatment of his injuries. His name has not been confirmed by the Times as of Thursday morning. (Staff photo by Josh Peterson)

Manchester Fire Department chief George DeShields walks past the scene Thursday morning where a car traveled underneath a tractor-trailer on U.S. 41 near the I-24 overpass at exit 114. The driver of the car was flown to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga for treatment of his injuries. (Staff photo by Josh Peterson)

U.S. Highway 41 (Hillsboro Blvd.) was closed down for a long period of time Thursday morning after a two-vehicle accident involving a car and a tractor-trailer.

The driver of the car, Juan Ayala, 39, of Polk Street, Manchester, appeared to drive up under the trailer from the rear, according to Manchester Fire Department Chief George DeShields. According to DeShields, Ayala was put onto a helicopter and flown to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga. His is listed in stable condition as of Thursday afternoon at Erlanger.

“The driver was entrapped and we worked for about 40 minutes [to remove him],” DeShields said.

According to DeShields, crews from Coffee County EMS, Coffee County Sheriff’s Department, Manchester Police Department, Air Evac, Jeff’s Wrecker Service, AEDC and Gilley Crane worked the scene.

More information will be posted as it becomes available.

Crews work to free a driver from his vehicle as he was trapped for approximately 40 minutes Thursday morning. (Photo provided by MFD)

Crews work to free a driver from his vehicle as he was trapped for approximately 40 minutes Thursday morning. (Photo provided by MFD)


Posted on Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 8:48 am