Chattanooga, TN Massive Nine Vehicle Accident, Jun 2015
TRAGIC I-75 TRACTOR TRAILER CRASH.
Chattanooga, Tenn. - Police have identified the six people killed in a nine-vehicle crash on I-75 Thursday evening.
Four people riding in a 2010 Toyota Scion were killed when the car caught fire during the crash.
TIFFANY WATTS, 31; SANDRA ANDERSON, 50; SAVANNAH WATTS, 8 years old from California; KELSEY WATTS, 10 years old from California.
Also killed was JASON RAMOS, 31, an employee at Dalton State, and BRIAN GALLAHER, 37, Ocoee Middle School's band director.
RAMOS worked as the college's assistant director of residential life, spokeswoman Pam Partain said in a release. He'd been working at the North Georgia college for about two years.
Police said eight of the nine vehicles involved in the fatal crash were stopped in the road because of construction when a tractor trailer came up from behind, was unable to stop and plowed into the vehicles.
Eighteen people were involved in the wreck. Six were taken to a local hospital and six required no medical treatment, according to police.
Injured in the crash were MARTY TUMBLESON, 30; CHARLES ALLEN DANIELS, JR.; JOHN STANLEY, 57; NANCY STANLEY, 55; RYAN HUMPHRIES, 24; and JUSTIN LNOX, 60.
Police identified the truck driver as Benjamin Scott Brewer, 39, from Kentucky. He was driving north from Florida. Police say they don't know where he was heading.
Brewer is under investigation and has been interviewed by police, though authorities declined to release what he said.
This is the highest fatality crash in Chattanooga during the last 10 years according to police. Before Thursday, only one person had been killed on the Chattanooga stretch of I-75 during the last five years.
Jame Gillis, 35, said he was driving ahead of the crash and watched it in his rear-view mirror.
"That truck was mowing cars down," he said. "I know that for sure. I saw them get hit."
Gillis pulled over and ran back into the fiery wreck to try to help people. Some men and women were already dead as he ran through, frantically looking for a fire extinguisher and screaming for help.
"It was the most shocking thing I've ever seen in my life," Gillis said.
Gillis carried one woman, covered in fuel, away from her vehicle to safety. He said she survived.
The crash happened at 7:10 p.m. Thursday night, around Exit 11 on I-75 northbound. Chattanooga Police Chief Fred Fletcher called the wreck "one of the worst crashes I've seen."
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