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Catastrophic injuries and 2 deaths in Tennessee truck accident

A motor vehicle crash involving a tractor-trailer, a sport utility vehicle and a pickup truck occurred along Interstate 40 on a recent Friday afternoon. According to the police department in Knoxville, the violent collision ended in the death of two people. It was not until late that evening that all traffic lanes reopened. At one point, interstate traffic was congested as far as four miles behind the Tennessee truck accident site where the catastrophic injuries occurred.

Originally, police thought that the Tennessee wreck involved a total of six motor vehicles. However, it was later revealed that these numbers reflected two different car accidents. Authorities claim that, in the first collision, two people died and one required hospital treatment. In the second collision, one person required hospital treatment for injuries.

Police say that the first accident happened while a semi truck was following a pickup truck. The pickup truck, in turn, was behind a sport utility vehicle. Then, traffic suddenly came to a dangerously fast stop.

Next, the semi truck flew into the back of the pickup, and the pickup hit the back of the sport utility vehicle. The force of the crash caused the pickup to get crushed by the tractor-trailer, killing the pickup’s occupants. This is when the second, non-fatal accident occurred.

As of this time, no information has been released about police suspicions of how this accident and its catastrophic injuries might have occurred. Nor is there any information on who -- if any -- of the people in the accident will be charged in the case. Depending on the results of police investigations into this incident, and depending on medical records and other accident facts, it might be possible for the injured parties and the survivors to pursue restitution for their injuries in court.

Source: knowxnews.com, "UPDATE: Two dead in I-40 East accident", , May 30, 2014

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