The television station reported that the accident occurred at around 1:20 p.m., near mile marker 161. The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) said that a Toyota Tacoma was traveling eastbound in the right lane when a semi-truck without a trailer tried to pass it on the left side.
The Tacoma driver then allegedly tried to change lanes, but ended up hitting the side of the tractor-trailer with its rear. The Tacoma then spun around and flipped into a ditch on the right side of the road.
The force of the crash sent the tractor-trailer into the median, where it crossed the roadway and entered into oncoming traffic. It then struck a Mercury Grand Marquis and both vehicles overturned.
Killed in the crash were three occupants of the Grand Marquis, including 22-year-old driver William Shelburne, 19-year-old Claire Shelburne and 50-year-old Laura Shelburne. Six people from the vehicles involved were injured including a seven-year-old from the Toyota and a six-year-old in the tractor-trailer.
The interstate was closed for several hours as investigators reviewed the scene of the crash.
What Should I Do If My Loved One Dies in a Vehicle Accident?
This crash is a tragedy that will affect a great deal of people including the family members of those who died. It is unfortunate when someone dies in a vehicle accident, especially teenagers.
This tragedy should serve as a reminder that according to the National Transportation Safety Board, you are 27 times more likely to die in a head-on crash than you are in a normal accident.
If you or a loved one are injured in a car accident resulting from someone else’s negligence, or you have lost a loved one, you deserve compensation for your injuries and lost wages.
“Because thy loving kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.” – Psalms 63:3