Tenn. man killed in Clay crash

A Tennessee man was killed in a crash with a tractor-trailer hauling garbage in Clay County early Monday, state police said.

William M. Simons, 53, of Knoxville, was pronounced dead at the site of the wreck east of Manchester.

The wreck occurred about 7:11 a.m. when Johnny L. Strong, 43, of Hazard, who was driving east in a 2001 Freightliner tractor-trailer, crossed the center line of the Hal Rogers Parkway and hit a 1995 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck driven by Simmons, according to release from Trooper Don Trosper, a state-police accident reconstruction expert.

Both trucks went over an embankment after the collision.

Strong was attempting to avoid a vehicle that was moving slowly or had stopped, the release said.

Alcohol or drugs do not appear to be factors, police said.

Strong was treated for injuries that were not life-threatening, according to the release.