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2 injured, 2 dead after wrong-way crash

The Tennessee Highway Patrol says that two people were injured and two people died in a collision on Interstate 24 on July 12. The auto accident occurred about 7 p.m. in Coffee County, and officials had to close the eastbound lanes until about 10:30 p.m. while they worked to clear the wreckage. Authorities did not believe that alcohol contributed to the crash.

According to investigators, a 35-year-old man in a Nissan sedan was traveling west on eastbound I-24 when he crashed head-on into a Chevrolet pickup truck. Debris from the accident hit a third vehicle, which also clipped the Sentra. The Sentra driver was thrown from the car and died on the scene, and the 63-year-old female passenger in the pickup died on impact.

The 63-year-old male pickup driver and his 22-year-old female passenger suffered injuries, but officials did not disclose their conditions. Police also did not disclose whether any occupants of the third vehicle were injured. Everyone involved in the accident was wearing a seat belt.

Other than impaired driving, there are many other common causes of car accidents, such as distracted driving, fatigued driving and speeding. People who suffer injuries in such accident could be entitled to compensation from the at-fault parties.

If the victims are awarded compensation through personal injury lawsuits, they may be able to recover the cost of the treatment that they received for their accident-related injuries. They might receive compensation for lost earnings as well. If the victims suffered disabling injuries, they could also receive payments to pay for ongoing treatment and the loss of earnings if they are no longer able to work.

Source: WTVF-TV, “Identities Released Of Two Killed In Coffee County Wreck”, July 13, 2014

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