(MURFREESBORO) A stopped pickup truck on I-24 eastbound caused a multi-vehicle crash at the 88 mile marker around 7:06AM Monday (1/6/2020) morning. The roadway is clear and open for traffic.
Lieutenant Bill Miller told WGNS, "The passenger of the vehicle sitting in the road fled the scene on foot and has not been taken into custody at this time. There is still an active search on going. There will not be any driver or patient information to be released as there are pending criminal charges."
Rutherford County Fire Rescue Chief Larry Farley told WGNS that a Ford F-150 pickup truck was stopped on the interstate and a van loaded with a large family crashed into the rear of the pickup at 75 miles per hour. When it was over several other vehicles were involved.
Farley reports that 10 persons were rushed to the hospital, and that two from the van had life threatening injuries.
He confirmed that LifeFlight took one patient to the Vanderbilt Trauma Center, while Rutherford County Emergency Medical Services transported another by ground.
The trailer truck seen in the T-DOT SmartWay traffic camera has vehicles wedged underneath it.
Tennessee Highway Patrol Lieutenant Bill Miller told WGNS, "The crash involved three vehicles, One vehicle had reportedly stopped in the travel lane of I-24 east bound. The two other vehicles, also traveling east on I-24, attempted to avoid the vehicle sitting in the road, but crashed into it. One of the other vehicles ran off the roadway and overturned. The other vehicle sped off the road as well, but did not overturn."
Other victims were taken to St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro.