Crash on I-81 results in 2 deaths and 1 injury

The biggest challenge that Tennessee Highway Patrol officers have is keeping everyone on the roads safe. This is always an uphill battle, due to the sheer number of vehicles on the roads. Poor weather conditions, physical problems with the roads and mistakes by drivers can all contribute to collisions. Sometimes, the cause of a collision takes a while to determine. That is the case in a recent Tennessee truck accident.

The accident involved two older drivers, ages 54 and 81. Their vehicles crashed outside of Bristol, Tennessee, while they were on Interstate 81 near exit 74A. Authorities were called at about 6:30 p.m., and both Bristol Fire and Rescue and the Bristol Police Department arrived quickly on the scene, with the THP also arriving shortly after the accident happened.

The vehicles involved in the initial crash were a 2012 Toyota Camry and a tractor-trailer. Around the 74 mile mark of the interstate, the truck hit the car. When that happened, both vehicles veered across the road. Both crashed into the concrete bridge pillar that is in the median. The truck driver was thrown into the interstate’s southbound lane.

After that, he was hit by a southbound 2005 Nissan Sentra. That car’s driver, 31, lives in Louisville, Tennessee. Despite the collision, she is not being held accountable for the truck driver’s death, since authorities believe he was killed in the initial crash. She was, however, arrested because she was driving with a suspended license.

The Camry driver was also killed and his female passenger, 75, was critically injured. She was transported to Bristol Regional Medical Center.

This case involves three different vehicles; however, it could be that only one driver is found to be at-fault for the accident. It is also possible, though, that the woman arrested for driving with a suspended license could be held accountable in civil court as well. She shouldn’t have been on the road in the first place. While this could be a complicated personal injury case, the victims and their families deserve financial compensation for a variety of damages and losses.

Source: Johnson City Press, “I-81 crash leaves 2 dead, 1 injured” Max Hrenda, Feb. 23, 2014