A great deal of human suffering could have been avoided at 5 a.m. on Friday, June 26, had a 26-year-old GMC Envoy driver not been talking on his cell phone while driving on the ramp to Interstate 275 north from Interstate 40 west. He rear-ended a car in front of him, causing a chain reaction that sent at least five persons to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville. The police said that criminal charges were pending against him for causing the car crash.
In Tennessee and everywhere else, it is often difficult to know what causes car accidents where a driver loses control of a vehicle and goes off the road into a ditch, tree or other obstruction. This often happens at curves in the road where driving too fast may prevent a driver from handling a change in road patterns. Another common instance of losing control and causing a car crash is when a driver crosses over the center line and heads directly into traffic that is approaching in the opposite direction.
Another fatal accident has been caused by a vehicle operator who lost control, crossed the center line of a highway and crashed head-on into an oncoming vehicle. According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the car crash occurred on the Newport Highway near the Cocke County Line when the driver of a minivan going north on the highway went across the center line and crashed into a passenger sedan that was heading south. The driver of the minivan and her passenger, both from Greeneville, were killed in the car crash.
The tragic death of a teenager in a car crash is always an overwhelming emotional loss to a family. It is often also devastating to schoolmates, friends and a wide slice of the community that the victim inhabited and enriched. In Bradley County, a 17-year-old high school graduate who was excitedly looking forward to starting college in the fall, fell prey to a careless driver who caused her fatal accident injuries by going through a red light and crashing into her vehicle. According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the driver of a logging truck went through the red light going north on Highway 11 at the intersection of Tasso Lane.