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Car accidents in Tennessee affect communities, schools

Any car accident resulting in injuries or loss of life can be traumatic for Tennessee communities. Car accidents involving teenagers may have an even greater impact. Recently, a local high school has been affected after a tragic car crash that killed one student and injured another. Grief counselors have been made available to the Andersonville High School classmates of the two students who were involved.

Tennessee Highway Patrol officials are investigating the tragic accident that also injured two other individuals. According to reports, the accident happened near Anderson at the on-ramp to Norris Freeway from Andersonville Highway. Officials state that the driver of a small car lost control of the vehicle when attempting to merge onto the freeway. After losing control, the car drove over a concrete median before striking an oncoming pickup truck.

The two occupants of the car were teenage boys, ages 17 and 18. The 17-year-old, who was a passenger, was killed. The 18-year-old driver was transported via helicopter to a hospital in Knoxville, where his condition is unknown. The two occupants of the pickup truck reportedly sustained minor injuries. The passenger required numerous stitches in his head, but other details about their injuries were not reported.

There are many factors that can lead to car accidents on Tennessee roadways. In this accident investigation, officials may seek to determine whether speed, road conditions or any negligent behaviors behind the wheel led to this tragic incident. The results of this investigation may be of interest to the injured victims and family members of the decedent, who may choose to seek what options may be available to them under our state's personal injury laws.

Source: Oak Ridge Today, "Anderson high school student killed, another injured In Norris crash," John Huotari, Jan. 29, 2013

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