Mt. Juliet man killed in fatal crash Friday

Staff Reports • Updated Aug 23, 2016 at 12:00 PM

(TNS) – A Mt. Juliet man who was killed Friday afternoon after crashing into a tractor trailer on Interstate 24 was identified as Tommy Rogers, 42.

Just before 2 p.m., Rogers was traveling on I-24 eastbound in a Nissan in Marion County when he crashed into a cable barrier while trying to make a rightward curve, according to a crash report released by the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

Rogers flipped over the barrier, landing in the grass median and then flipped again over the cable barrier for the westbound side. He was ejected from the car at which point both he and his car were struck by a tractor trailer traveling in the opposite direction.

The driver of that vehicle, Igor Janakjiev, 33, was not injured in the collision.

Neither Rogers nor Jankjiev tested positively for drugs or alcohol, but Rogers was not wearing a seatbelt, and the investigator said in the report safety restraints would have made a difference.

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