Pilot founder Jim Haslam in traffic accident

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Pilot Flying J founder Jim Haslam, the father of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam, has been involved in a three-car traffic accident in Knoxville.

A family spokesman says the elder Haslam was examined and released by his doctor after the Monday wreck.

According to Knoxville police spokesman Darrell DeBusk, Haslam's 2014 Mercedes drifted across the center line, sideswiped an SUV and then went off the roadway and struck a wall. The third vehicle then hit the rear of the Mercedes.

Haslam played tackle for the University of Tennessee under Gen. Robert R. Neyland before founding Pilot Corp. in 1958 with a single gas station in Gate City, Virginia. The privately held company now has annual revenues of more than $30 billion.