By Grant Welker


LOWELL -- A 64-year-old Pepperell man was killed in Tennessee Monday when his truck went veering off a highway and hit a tree, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

Joseph Re, a self-employed truck driver, was pronounced dead at the scene. The truck, a 1999 Peterbilt, came to rest in a creek.

The accident took place at 4 p.m. on Interstate 40 in the small town of Dandridge in the eastern part of the state.

Re was tested for alcohol and drugs in his system, but tests for both came back negative. He was not wearing a seat belt, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, but an officer who wrote an accident report said safety restraints wouldn't have made a difference.

No citations or charges will be filed. The accident remains under investigation.

Born in Lowell, Re is survived by his wife, Linda (Goucher) Re, and his seven children.