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Two Killed, Five Seriously Injured in Tragic Bonnaroo Trucking Accident

by mdp | June 13th, 2013

Trucking AccidentAn eight-vehicle collision along Interstate-24 in Tennessee resulted in the death of two people on their way to Bonnaroo, and serious injuries to five others. The tragic accident, which occurred less than one hour from the Bonnaroo grounds in Manchester, Tennessee, involved several vehicles traveling on I-24, including two tractor-trailers. Police who responded to the scene reported that the fatal crash was caused by a truck driver who lost control of his big-rig, colliding with numerous vehicles on the Tennessee highway, including another semi-truck. If you have suffered trucking accident injuries in Nashville, or elsewhere in Tennessee, contact our knowledgeable attorneys at Michael D. Ponce & Associates today for legal help. You may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries and medical bills, which you can pursue by filing a lawsuit against the allegedly negligent person or party.


Truck Driver Fails to Yield to Traffic

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the deadly accident took place just after midnight on June 13, when a semi-truck driver failed to stop in time amidst significant traffic caused by a previous minor collision on I-24. Losing control of his big-rig, the truck driver struck a number of other vehicles, including another tractor-trailer. Both trucks flipped on to their sides and two cars caught on fire as a result of the wreck. Two passengers in the first car were rescued by emergency responders, but the two passengers in the second car could not be reached in time to be pulled to safety. They were killed when their car exploded.

Injuries, Fatalities Resulting from Truck Accident

“[Emergency responders] were able to put out the flames for one car; they just didn’t have enough [time] for the other,” reported Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold in the aftermath of the deadly trucking accident. “So those were the heroes for those guys, because if it wasn’t for the trooper and the deputy, they probably wouldn’t be here either.” Three of the surviving truck accident victims were airlifted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, two were taken by ambulance to Vanderbilt, and seven others sustained minor injuries but were not transported to the hospital. Neither of the two truck drivers were injured in the crash.

Our Experienced Attorneys Can Help

Following the tragic Tennessee collision, the truck driver was cited with failure to exercise due care, and additional charges are pending. Investigators reported that the truck driver, who worked for Kentucky-based H&O Transport, had a previous misdemeanor citation on his driving history. If you have suffered serious injuries in a Tennessee trucking accident, or if you lost a loved one in a fatal collision, consult our qualified lawyers at Michael D. Ponce & Associates to discuss your legal options. You may have grounds to file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit against the person or party found at-fault in the accident, in order to pursue financial compensation for your losses. Our law firm is located in Nashville, and our legal team has years of experience protecting the rights of truck accident victims throughout Tennessee.