Two people were killed in a traffic accident involving tractor-trailers late Tuesday night on Interstate 75.
According to Trooper Bradley Baker of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the accident occurred around 11:22 p.m. at the 24-mile marker of the interstate. Both fatalities were Florida residents.
According to Bailey’s report, both trucks were hauling logs while traveling northbound on the interstate when one of the vehicles “blew a tire.” The truck that blew the tire struck the other vehicle as the second big rig tried to move onto the shoulder. Baker said the truck that struck the other one hit it without breaking, resulting in a high-speed collision.
“Both vehicles continued for a few hundred yards before getting onto the right shoulder,” the trooper’s report read.
The driver of the vehicle whose truck blew a tire was killed in the accident. He was identified as Harry Leo Johnson, 66, of Gainesville, Fla.
A passenger in the second vehicle — James Anthony Crosby, 60, of Jacksonville, Fla. — also died in the accident. The driver of the second truck, Kenny R. Barkley, 43, of Waynesville, was not injured in the incident.
Both Johnson and Crosby were pronounced dead on the scene, Baker said.
Reports stated the interstate was closed for a short time following the accident.
Two die in late-night crash on I-75