Posted September 17, 2013 EST
Firefighter Respond To Their Own In Car Accident
At least one person was fatally injured in an early morning traffic accident that left one westbound lane of Interstate 40 in Cocke County blocked temporarily, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
Killed in the accident was Clayton Ball, 33, who was a member of the Cosby Volunteer Fire Department, according the departments's chief Chris Gregg.
The accident occurred shortly before 8 a.m. near mile marker 443 and the Foothills Parkway exit, THP spokesman Sgt. Bill Miller said. A load of wood pallets being hauled by a truck involved in the accident spilled into the roadway.
Miller said a critical incident response team was sent to the scene. He said he could not confirm that a second person died in the accident, and had no further details to release.
Gregg said that Ball, who worked for Hartford Towing, and had been a volunteer firefighter for 13 years. Ball's fellow firefighters are "all devastated," the chief said.
"He was a great guy, and this is a great loss to us and the Cosby community," Gregg said. "It is very hard to find volunteers of his caliber who are willing to give as much time as he did."
More details as they develop online and in Tuesday's News Sentinel.
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