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Seven-Vehicle Crash Injures Three in East Ridge, Tennessee


The Times Free Press reports that three people were injured after five passenger vehicles and tractor-trailers collided on Interstate 75 Sunday morning.

Details of the Seven-Vehicle Accident

The crash occurred around 1:38 am Sunday near the Interstate 75/Interstate 24 split. One of the victims was struck and thrown over the guardrail after exiting his vehicle.

The identities of those involved in the crash were not released; however, the East Ridge Fire Department did state that one person was possibly in critical condition.

All southbound lanes of the interstate were closed as crews cleared the scene. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Trucking Accident Statistics

  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recorded 438,000 trucking accidents in the U.S. in 2014.
  • These accidents result in 3,903 deaths and 111,000 injuries.
  • Of those killed in trucking accidents:
    • 17 percent were occupants of large trucks
    • 73 percent were occupants of other vehicles
    • 10 percent were listed as nonoccupants, including bicyclists and pedestrians
  • Texas led the nation in trucking accident fatalities with 553 trucking-related deaths reported. California followed Texas with 300 recorded deaths.

 

 

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