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Wreck claims life of Erwin man

An 85-year-old Erwin man died in a two-vehicle accident on Friday, Dec. 12.
According to a preliminary crash report by the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP), Leonard J. Foster was driving his 1987 Ford 150 north on Temple Hill Road around 1:30 p.m. on Friday when he struck a large truck carrying a backhoe on a trailer. The accident occurred at the intersection of Temple Hill Road and Mill Creek Road.
Sheriff Mike Hensley said Foster and his brother had been gathering mulch in Coffee Ridge prior to the accident. Hensley said the brother had turned off of Temple Hill Road to enter Interstate 26, but Foster continued on Temple Hill Road on his way to Roadside Rest to eat.
According to the THP report, the large truck stopped in traffic attempting to back into Mill Creek Road with its hazard lights on in the construction zone area. Hensley said the truck was turning onto Mill Creek in order to unload equipment that would be used in the construction of a bridge for the road.
Foster did not realize that the large truck had stopped in the traffic lane, according to the THP. When he did realize the truck had stopped, he reportedly applied his brakes and skidded 82 feet before striking the rear of the truck’s trailer.
“It killed him instantly,” Hensley said. “It was a bad wreck.”
No citations have been issued and no criminal charges have been filed, according to the THP preliminary report.
Trooper Jim Jackson investigated the wreck.