Jason Maples Killed in Truck Accident in Sevier County, TN
Sevier County, TN — April 11, 2023, Jason Maples was fatally injured due to an accident between an 18-wheeler and a forklift in Wears Valley.
Authorities responded to the scene outside of Seviersville along Redtail Road. Initial details say that 42-year-old Jason Maples was in a tractor-trailer going southbound. Somehow, a collision occurred with a forklift which reports say was "parked at the bottom of the hill." This caused the truck to veer off-road where it crashed into a wooded area.
Maples sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash. No other injuries were reported. At this time, additional details are unavailable. It's unclear exactly where in relation to the road the forklift was. Details from WATE suggest it was "along the edge of the roadway," but it's not clear if the forklift was protruding into the lane of travel nor whether or not it was clearly visible and avoidable.
Did the truck driver come upon something they couldn't foresee or avoid, or did something unrelated cause it to hit the forklift that it otherwise wouldn't have hit? At the very least, there should be answers for the victim's loved ones. Hopefully authorities are being thorough in their investigations into this unusual event. Until their full reports, I wonder if anyone local to the area can help shed light on what happened or what this stretch of road is like.