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5-vehicle Rutherford County crash kills 1

Tennessee Highway Patrol officers reported that a five-vehicle crash that occurred on Nov. 26 claimed the life of a 34-year-old La Vergne man while injuring a 31-year-old Murfreesboro man. According to reports, the accident happened at 11:50 p.m. on I-24 east at the Sam Ridley Parkway Exit.

Authorities reported that the 34-year-old Lavergne man was stopped in the far right lane near the exit in his Chrysler 300. While he was stopped in traffic, his car was struck from behind by a Honda. The Lavergne man got out of his car following the initial accident, stepping into the lane of traffic. A 2004 Ford Escape then apparently swerved in an attempt to miss the Honda, striking the Lavergne man.

The Ford Escape then lost control, careening across the interstate lanes and striking the median barrier. The Escape was then struck by two more vehicles -- a 2005 Ford Focus and a 2008 Hyundai Sonata. No one in the Escape, Focus or Sonata suffered any injuries. The 34-year-old Chrysler driver was pronounced dead at the accident scene. The Murfreesboro man driving the Honda was injured. Following the major multi-vehicle crash, the interstate's eastbound lanes were closed for about 3.5 hours while law enforcement conducted their investigation and debris cleanup.

People are seriously injured or killed in motor vehicle accidents every day. It is important for drivers to remain aware of the traffic around them. Failing to notice changes in traffic ahead can result in fatalities. When a crash occures due to negligence, the victim's family may be able to hold the driver civilly liable by filing a wrongful death lawsuit.

Source: WGNS, "One-Killed In Multi-Vehicle I-24 Crash Late Wednesday", November 27, 2014

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