Tennessee man dies in 18-wheeler accident on Alternate 45

Two 18-wheelers crashed on the northbound lanes of Alternate 45 in north Monroe County Monday. One driver was airlifted from the scene. EMILY TUBB

UPDATE: Monroe County Coroner Alan Gurley identified Chad Mitchell Blankenship, 32, 248 State Route 186 North, Humboldt, Tenn., as the man who died in the accident on Highway 45 Alternate Monday.

Cause of death is multiple trauma, Gurley said. Blankenship was wearing a seatbelt and he was the only person in his truck. Blankenship was airlifted to North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo where he died at 1:41 p.m., Monday.

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A section of the northbound lanes of Highway 45 Alternate was shut down Monday afternoon in north Monroe County as a result of an accident involving two 18-wheelers.

According to Mississippi Highway Patrolman Brian C. Mobley, a call was received at approximately 11:09 a.m.

It appeared that one 18-wheeler struck the other one from behind. One of the drivers was airlifted.

There is no official word yet on the condition of either driver.

Bricks being transported by one truck and pieces of metal from the accident were strewn over a section of Alternate 45.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol, the Mississippi Department of Transportation and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office were on the scene of the accident.

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