The Tennessee Highway Patrol said charges are pending against a car-hauler whose trailer overturned, spilling a load of new vehicles across West Jefferson Pike last week.

West Jefferson Pike near the intersection of Hickory Grove Road, was closed for several hours in the morning of Monday, June 17 when a car-hauler flipped onto its side, the THP said in the preliminary incident report.

The driver, identified as Charles Moores, 48, was trapped but responsive, THP said. Rutherford County EMS treated him for non-life-threatening injuries and transported him to Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital, officials said.

Lisa Sloan, public information officer for Rutherford County Fire & Rescue, said the accident scattered nine new Nissan vehicles across West Jefferson Pike. The road reopened about three hours after the accident, the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office said.

The THP said its preliminary investigations showed the car-hauler was traveling south on West Jefferson Pike when it went off the right edge of the roadway.

“Indicators show that the driver attempted to correct the direction of travel,” the preliminary report said. “The Trailer being pulled by the car-hauler failed to come back up on the roadway thus causing the load to flip on its right side and coming to rest across the roadway.”

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