Tragic Weekend Crash Results in Two Fatalities in Gatlinburg, Tennessee
GATLINBURG, TN – According to an online news report at thedailytimes.com, an accident that occurred over the weekend resulted in two fatalities, per a report from the Great Smoky Mountain National Parks.*
A 64-year-old man from St. Ann, Missouri and another man from Sevierville, Tennessee, aged 53, both succumbed to their injuries following a head-on crash on United States Highway 441, located south of Carols Campbell Overlook in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
The deceased were the only passengers in their vehicles however, it appears that a third vehicle with five occupants rear-ended the 53-year-old’s vehicle during the accident. All five of these individuals were transported to a local hospital for treatment. Park rangers as well as other law enforcement were all dispatched to the scene of the accident. There is no word as to the status of the five occupants of the vehicle who were taken to the hospital. It is not clear as to what happened to cause the head-on collision. The roadway was closed for a period of time while emergency personnel and law enforcement worked the scene.
There are no further details on the accident at this time. The crash remains under investigation by the local police.
In general, the faster a vehicle goes, the worse the injuries will be following a head-on collision. According to research studies, a vehicle that hits another vehicle head-on going at 50 mph is the same as a vehicle traveling at 100 mph.
Common injuries sustained in a head-on collision involve bone fractures, severe burns, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, internal organ damage, and contusions. Oftentimes, when an individual is involved in a head-on collision, the injuries are often catastrophic, requiring extensive medical care and treatment as well as long-term rehabilitation. Permanent disability is also a possibility in head-on collisions.
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