Georgia Trucker Involved in Fatal Car Accident on Tennessee Interstate
COOKEVILLE, TN. – As reported online by herald-citizen.com, a truck driver from Georgia was involved in a car accident on an interstate in Tennessee. The accident killed the other driver.*
On the afternoon of December 6, 45-year-old Mharetab Mekete, of Georgia, was driving a tractor-trailer eastbound on Interstate 40 in Cookeville, Tennessee. Near mile marker 281, traffic slowed, and Mekete slowed his truck in response. A car traveling east behind Mekete’s tractor-trailer did not reduce speed and crashed into the back of the truck.
It does not appear Mekete was injured. However, the driver of the car, 25-year-old Julia Starnes, of Baxter, Tennessee, died in the accident. Two children were in the car with her — a 4-year-old girl and a 6-year-old boy — and they were not injured. Everyone in the car was wearing proper safety restraints, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
It is not yet clear why Starnes failed to slow down, and it is not clear why traffic was slowed on the interstate when Starnes and Mekete approached. Authorities said no charges would be filed in connection with the accident. No additional information has been reported about the wreck at this time.
According to an article from The Washington Post, about 1.7 million rear-end collisions occur in the United States every year. These are the most common type of vehicle accident in the nation, leading to 1,700 deaths and 500,000 injuries annually. The National Transportation Safety Board estimates that 80 percent of these collisions could be avoided with collision-avoidance systems, like emergency braking systems, available today on many types of vehicles. The NTSB has been encouraging car manufacturers to make these systems standard in all vehicles.
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