Update: Husband, Wife Seriously Hurt in Wreck Involving Two 18-Wheelers

GILES COUNTY, Tenn. (WHNT) –  A husband and wife suffered serious injuries after two 18-wheelers collided.

It happened Tuesday around 1:30 a.m. near mile marker four on Interstate 65 in Giles County, Tennessee.

Authorities with the Tennessee Highway Patrol say one 18-wheeler was approaching a weigh station when a second 18-wheeler slammed into it from behind.

A husband and wife were in the second 18-wheeler.  Tennessee Highway Patrol identify them as Billy J. Lepper and Teresa Lepper of Muskegon, Michigan. Authorities say the Billy Lepper was driving, while Teresa Lepper was in the sleeper.  Highway Patrol said Billy Lepper was wearing a seatbelt, but Teresa Lepper was not. They were trapped in the truck for about 45 minutes.  Both had serious injuries and were flown to Huntsville Hospital.

The first 18-wheeler was transporting pineapple at the time of the collision.  The cargo and other debris were left scattered across the interstate.

I-65 northbound is down to one lane as a result.

The driver of the other 18-wheeler, identified as Tavel Parea from Portland, Oregon, was not seriously injured.

It was initially believed the injured couple was from Athens, but WHNT News 19 has learned the man and woman may not be from Alabama.

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