jerry snyder


An eight-year Metro Nashville public works employee died in a fiery crash Jan. 4 near the Hermitage mansion with a possible medical issue as the cause of the single-car wreck.

According to Metro police, Jerry Snyder, 60, died while he drove a city brush truck that ran off Old Hickory Boulevard, hit a metal utility pole, continued into a tree line and caught fire. The crash happened at 9:39 a.m.

Police said a motorist told them they saw Snyder grab his chest as he lost control of the truck. Nashville firefighters said they found Snyder’s body in the truck that was in flames when they arrived.

Synder was on his way to recycling sites to pick up Christmas trees when the crash happened. 

“Metro Nashville public works is mourning the death of longtime employee Jerry Snyder, 60, who died tragically at 9:39 a.m. today in an on-duty single-vehicle crash on Old Hickory Boulevard in Hermitage,” the department said in a statement. “Mr. Snyder served with the department for eight years as a knuckle-boom truck operator and is remembered by his colleagues most recently for his determination in the restoration cleanup after the devastating March 3 tornado."

The Hermitage property was not damaged in the incident, officials said.

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