One Tragically Killed in Head-On Crash on Lee Highway in Ooltewah, Tennessee
OOLTEWAH, TN- Newschannel9.com writes that a car crash killed one person on Lee Highway earlier this week. The tragic crash also injured another person who is currently hospitalized.*
Another severe crash occurred last week in the same area. The driver in that collision struck a garbage truck and had to be transported to the hospital via airlift.
The police have not yet released details about the cause of the crash or the victims’ names.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), Tennessee has a higher rate of fatal traffic accidents than the national average. In 2017, 1,040 people died in traffic accidents in the state. When the population is considered, the rate of traffic fatalities per 100,000 people in Tennessee is 15.5 compared with the total of 11.4 for the country as a whole. Tennesee has an average of 1.3 deaths per every hundred million miles traveled by vehicles in the state compared with the U.S. average of 1.16.
Officials in Tennessee are working to reduce the number of people killed in vehicle collisions in the state. Over the holiday season, law enforcement officers announced that they would be out on the road in larger numbers enforcing traffic laws. The holidays bring more people out on the roads and therefore create the risk of more crashes taking place. Drunk driving is a problem because of the people who are out celebrating the holiday season with friends and family. Last year over the Thanksgiving holiday, police in the state arrested eleven people for driving drunk and issued 1,559 seatbelt or child restraint citations for people who failed to buckle up or to buckle up their children.
Law enforcement is just one way that a state can work to lower their risk to those using their roads.
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Source:https://newschannel9.com/news/local/collegedale-pd-person-killed-another-taken-to-hospital-after-head-on-crash-in-ooltewah and https://www.iihs.org/topics/fatality-statistics/detail/state-by-state and https://www.tn.gov/safety/news/2019/11/25/tennessee-highway-patrol-launches-i-40-challenge-initiative.html