Accident Reported Saturday Night in Smyrna Area Along I-24


A serious auto accident occurred Saturday night in Smyrna on Interstate 24 near the Sam Ridley Parkway exit. A car being driven by a 26-year old man slammed into the rear of a vehicle that was slowed due to traffic. WGNS received several calls about the accident because the Chevy Trail Blazer and Nissan Altima involved in the wreck looked so mangled to passerby’s. Despite the wreckage, we can confirm that the accident was an injury only wreck.

Two 26-year old parents in the Blazer (mother and father) along with their two children, both under the age of 6, were treated at Vanderbilt Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. All four were buckled in when their SUV slammed into the rear of the Nissan Altima. The driver of the Altima was also restrained and suffered from non-life threatening injuries as well.

Highway Patrol Report Information:

Driver 1:Jerry Campbell, 26 yoa
Passenger Megan Campbell 26 yoa, 
Male juvenile 5 yoa, 
Female juvenile 4 yoa. 
All were restrained lawfully. 
All went to Vandy non-life threatening injuries. 
Vehicle- 2003 chevy trailblazer. 

Vehicle 2: 2001 Altima
Driver 2: Kenneth Yingst jr. 
Seatbelt: Yes
Nothing confirmed. 

Vehicle 1 was traveling west on I-24 in lane 2 when it rear-ended vehicle 2. Vehicle 1 yawed or slid sideways into the guardrail on the median side and then rolled onto its driver side where it came to a rest.


TN Highway Patrol – Sgt. Bill Miller