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2 truck crashes in less than a week on same stretch of road

As of September 2, the Tennessee Department of Transportation was investigating two separate truck accidents that took place along the same stretch of highway within days of each other. Both of the accidents occurred on Interstate 75 near Campbell County between mile markers 132 and 136. Despite the short time frame between the two crashes, TDOT reported that 2014 was on pace to have fewer accidents on that stretch of the interstate than the two previous years.

One of the crashes occurred on Sept. 2 when a driver lost control of a semi-truck around 6:30 a.m. The tractor-trailer struck a guardrail and fell on its side. Shortly after it overturned, a driver in a Ford pickup crashed into the semitrailer. Less than a week before that incident, a semi-truck drove across the interstate's median and struck another tractor-trailer and a sport-utility vehicle. One person died in that accident and three others were injured.

According to TDOT, the crash on Sept. 2 was the 17th accident to occur on that four-mile section of highway in 2014. In 2012 and 2013, there were 41 and 39 accidents respectively in the same area. Truck drivers who spoke with the news source emphasized the importance of driving slowly and cautiously through the hills of Tennessee.

A family that has lost a loved one in a truck crash can seek financial compensation via a wrongful death lawsuit. Following fatal accidents, authorities conduct investigations into those incidents, and the information they gather may point toward a party whose negligence contributed to the crash. If retained by family members of those killed in auto accidents, personal injury attorneys often use police reports as well as witness statements to build cases against the defendants of wrongful death suits.

Source: WATE, "Tractor trailer overturns, causes crash on I-75 in Campbell County", Shelby Miller, September 02, 2014

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