published Saturday, December 17th, 2011

Truck crash blocks I-75 in McMinn County, Tenn.

At least one person was injured tonight when semi-truck crashed and caught fire on I-75 southbound near the 39 mile marker in McMinn County, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

The interstate has been shut down so that LifeForce could airlift the injured. A dispatcher was not able to say how many people were injured, but said that it was a single-vehicle accident.

The accident occurred at about 8:50 p.m.

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prairiedog said...

If they put just one state trooper out there on I-75 between Chattanooga and Knoxville 24 hours per day, 365 days per year and told them to enforce the speed limit for trucks, none of us would ever have to wait out a blocked Interstate 75 again.

Drive from Chattanooga to DC, and you'll find everybody pretty much obeying the speed limit in Virginia. Why? Because THEY ENFORCE IT.

December 18, 2011 at 1:04 p.m.
ThinBlue706 said...

Taxes, taxes, taxes. While I agree with you on the need to enforce the speed limit on ALL vehicles, we will not see an increase in the troopers due to money. The govenor is asking all state departments to reduce budgets, including THP. Trust me, the troopers would love to have the budget to have a concentrated patrol on I-75 for speed reduction but it is not happening without the good old American dollar.

Another option is to have local authorities, cities and counties, form jurisdictional speed task forces to enforce the traffic laws. Again, in this economy city and county governments are reducing budgets not increasing them. Unfornately, law enforcenment, either local, state, or federal, tends to be one of the first on the chop block when budgets must be cut.

Until Tennessee decides to increase taxes or at least significant revisions, there will not be enough troopers to stop the flagrant speeding on our interstates.

December 18, 2011 at 6:43 p.m.

First you need to know that speed was NOT a factor in the accident!!!! Second you need to know the two drivers in that truck are my parents! Third while you two complain about taxes, and having to worry about 75 being blocked off due to an accident my father is in the hospital fighting for his life! We don't know if he will make it to tomorrow! So yes go ahead and complain about having to wait on the interest, I need to go back to praying and hoping my father doesnt DIE!

December 20, 2011 at 1:44 a.m.
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