I-24 in Rutherford County, Tennessee, Shut Down Following Two Deadly Accidents
RUTHERFORD COUNTY, TN. – According to a news report posted online at murfreesboropost.com, Interstate 24 in Rutherford County, Tennessee, was shut down following two deadly traffic accidents. Authorities report that one accident caused the tragic death of a pedestrian, and the other fatal accident involved a Tennessee Department of Transportation vehicle.*
The accidents occurred only a short time apart in the same approximate area of Interstate 24. Tennessee Highway Patrol and the Murfreesboro Post report that during the first collision, a pedestrian was walking along the side of the interstate and stepped into a westbound lane of travel. Troopers said a westbound semi-truck hauling a load of bicycles was not able to avoid a collision and ended up striking the pedestrian.
The Murfreesboro Post reports that the pedestrian was tragically killed in the accident. Officials identified her as a 64-year-old woman from Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Authorities were not able to say why she was walking on the interstate before the collision. Troopers said the semi-truck driver was not cited in connection with the crash.
The second deadly collision involved a Tennessee DOT vehicle, according to authorities. Limited information about this accident has been released at this time, but a spokesperson for the DOT said that a vehicle traveling on the interstate hit a DOT HELP truck as a worker was directing traffic. The Murfreesboro Post reported that a person inside the passenger vehicle was tragically killed.
The victim of the second accident was not identified in the report. According to authorities, the unidentified DOT worker was not inside of the HELP truck at the time of the collision and was not injured.
After the accidents, Rutherford County Fire Rescue posted a message on social media reminding drivers to move over and slow down when approaching emergency vehicles parked on the side of interstates and highways.
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