One Killed in Fiery Tanker Truck Crash in Smyrna, Tennessee
SMYRNA, TN. – One person was killed in a fiery tanker truck crash on Interstate 24 in Smyrna, Tennessee, according to an online news report from newschannel5.com.*
A tanker truck thought to be hauling food grain crashed near mile marker 70 (Almaville Road) on I-24 West in Smyrna. After impact, the tanker caught fire. Rutherford County Fire and Rescue officials said one person tragically died in the crash. This person was not identified, and it is not clear if he or she was the driver of the tanker truck.
Both directions of the interstate were shut down following the crash while emergency crews cleared the scene and investigated the crash. The closure extended from Lee Victory Parkway/Almaville Road to Interstate 840. Drivers headed to Nashville, Tennessee, were encouraged to take a detour to Lowry Street.
The cause of the crash has not been reported. It does not appear any vehicles were involved other than the tanker truck. Investigation is ongoing, and no additional information has been released at this time.
According to data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, more than 34,000 fatal vehicle crashes occurred in the United States in 2016. These accidents resulted in the deaths of more than 37,000 people. The fatalities averaged 11.6 per 100,000 people and 1.16 per every 100 million miles traveled in the United States.
Tennessee’s 2016 fatality rates, according to the IIHS data, were above the national ranges. The state’s individual data shows 15.7 deaths in 2016 per every 100,000 people and 1.34 deaths per every 100 million miles traveled.
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