published Saturday, July 23rd, 2011

Chattanooga: 6 in hospital after wrong-way interstate crash this morning

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Four adults and two children are in the hospital after a crash this morning involving a driver traveling the wrong way on I-24.

A black Dodge Ram driven by a Hispanic male heading the wrong way on east bound I-24 hit a Pontiac Torrent head on at approximately 3:46 a.m., police said. A Hyundai following the Pontiac was unable to avoid the crash and was also involved.

An East Ridge Police officer traveling east bound observed the crash near the S. Seminole overpass and stopped to render aid. The officer observed the Hispanic male attempting to leave the scene, police said. The officer was able to apprehend the suspect.

East Ridge Fire and Rescue personnel had to use the Jaws-of-Life to extricate at least one victim from the Pontiac, police said. Due to the extreme heat conditions one firefighter was treated for possible heat exhaustion.

The two vehicles involved in the crash were family members traveling together from Kentucky to Florida, police said.

East Ridge Police traffic investigators have been unable to identify the Hispanic male suspect who caused the crash because he has provided 2 different identifications with different names on each one, police said.

Investigators have charged the suspect with DUI, four counts of Vehicular Assault, six counts of Reckless Endangerment, Implied Consent law, and Driving without a License. The suspect is scheduled to appear in East Ridge Municipal Court on Tuesday, July 26, at 5 p.m.

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bigbearzzz said...

And people are trying to fight for these individuals being in our country illegally.....OK!!!!

July 23, 2011 at 10:02 a.m.
hmgreen said...

I agree bigbearzzz...

July 23, 2011 at 11:20 a.m.
Skeptic101 said...

"These people"? Who, drunks? I wasn't aware there was a fight to keep drunks in our country illegally. I'm definitely in favor of deporting all drunks. Then, let's deport everyone who drives a pickup too! Oh, they left with the first crowd? My bad!

July 23, 2011 at 11:32 a.m.
observer279 said...

^ Haha

July 23, 2011 at 11:40 a.m.
esaletnik said...

Apparently the TFP is the only news organization that saw fit to identify the race of the driver. Two news channels websites did not and the other station apparently takes the weekend off.

July 23, 2011 at 1:29 p.m.
rolando said...

Pity the drunken SOB didn't head-on a semi. One less drunk on the road.

Let's see -- "Hispanic" [read "mestizo"], no license, drunk, no valid ID, no insurance...sounds like "illegal alien" to me.

July 23, 2011 at 2:11 p.m.
patriot1 said...

Just causing accidents and crimes Americans don't want to cause.

July 23, 2011 at 2:14 p.m.
rolando said...

Woulda been one less "accidents and crimes" if the immigration laws had been enforced...

July 23, 2011 at 2:45 p.m.
Skeptic101 said...

Let's see, pickup, drunk, no license, no insurance. Sounds like red-neck to me. Hispanic too? Go figure.

July 23, 2011 at 4:24 p.m.
gmomma said...

lol @ Skeptic.....can we add the gang-banging youth of all the races??

July 23, 2011 at 5:11 p.m.
LibDem said...

We need to close our borders! I'm tired of these people from Kentucky driving through here in the early morning hours when our drunks are trying to get safely home.

July 24, 2011 at 8:05 a.m.
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