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Car wreck on I-40 claims 1 life, injures both drivers

Interstate 40 in Tennessee was closed for about four hours on a recent Monday morning. This followed a tragic car wreck that caused the death of a man from another state. Police reported that the accident occurred in the vicinity of Sevierville.

According to an accident report, a 61-year-old driver of a sedan was eastbound on I-40 when he apparently veered across the median and entered the westbound traffic lanes. The 55-year-old driver of a westbound vehicle was unable to avoid the collision that followed. A passenger in the westbound car -- also age 55 -- was killed on impact.

The force of the crash trapped the westbound couple in their vehicle, and first responders had to cut away the car's roof to get to the deceased man and the injured woman. The driver of the car that crossed the median also suffered injuries and was transported to the hospital by road, while the injured woman in the other car was airlifted to the same hospital. During an investigation, accident reconstructionists suspect the eastbound driver had struck a guardrail, causing him to lose control and cross the median.

The woman who was injured in this car wreck may be entitled to pursue compensation for medical expenses, and the surviving family of the deceased man may seek compensation for end-of-life costs. By presenting evidence of negligence on the part of the other driver in a Tennessee civil court, personal injury and wrongful death claims may result in a court awarding monetary compensation. This might also include additional documented losses that are allowed under applicable state laws.

Source: wate.com, "1 dead, 2 injured in Sevier County crash", July 13, 2015

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