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One Killed, 18 Injured In 55-Car Pileup On Vietnam Vets Blvd.

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One person was killed when a car crashed into a truck. One person was killed when a car crashed into a truck.
Paul Warren at a Gallatin Rotary golf tournament earlier this year. Paul Warren at a Gallatin Rotary golf tournament earlier this year.

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. - One man was killed and at least 18 others were injured after four crashes involving more than 50 cars on Thursday morning. Police believe dense fog and icy patches contributed to the crash.

It happened around 7 a.m. on the bridge past Saundersville Road. Hendersonville police said 55 cars were involved in the crashes. More than 130 were stuck on the roadway because of the other wrecks.

PHOTOS: One Killed In 55-Car Pileup

At least one person was killed after a car slammed into the back of a U.S. mail truck. Hendersonville Police identified the driver as 28-year-old Paul Warren.

NewsChannel 5 has learned he was a member of the Rotary Club of Hendersonville, an avid golfer and had only gotten married six weeks ago.

There were at least 18 people transported to the hospital, with an unknown others treated on the scene.

The crash scene spanned roughly two miles.

District fire chief Ray McLaughlin compared it to a racetrack accident, saying "everyone started bouncing off one another."

As they entered the fog, drivers said they could hear the sound of screeching brakes and crushing metal.

"Thick cloud almost, you couldn't see probably five feet," said one driver.

"It was stunning. I mean it's a mess, if you haven't been up there, it's a total disaster," said another driver.

Sumner Regional Medical Center has confirmed they treated and released eight patients from the wreck, all with minor injuries.

People that were not injured were taken to the Sumner County Executive Building to be interviewed.

Officials confirmed a school bus, a preschool bus and a tractor trailer were involved. Sumner County school officials said children were on the bus, but none were injured. There were no students on board the preschool bus.

There was dense fog throughout the area at the time of the crash. There was also reports of icy patches on the bridge.

The roadway was closed for nearly 6 hours, but re-opened around 12:30 p.m.

Famlies Wait For News On Crash Vicitms 

Dee Orsbon never thought she'd be sitting on a bench, waiting on a bus and feeling so nervous.

"You can't describe it. There's just no way, I mean it's my baby girl," she said.

Even while talking to her daughter on the phone non-stop since the pileup, what she was hearing wasn't doing much for her nerves.

"Her car was stuck between two or three cars," she said. "All she remembers is that she was had seen lights and she was trying to slow down and the next thing she knows she hit the car in front of her and then she was hit from behind."

Orsbon is one of many family members who came to the Sumner County Administration Building to wait for their loved ones Thursday. Emergency responders bused people who weren't seriously hurt there to meet anxious family and friends.

She is one of many who came here waiting for their loved ones.

"They just felt the crash and that's when my son hit his head and my husband went backwards and that's all I know," said Angela Lindsey.

When the bus finally arrived it reunited families and brought stories of how bad it really was.

"There was a pileup then there wasn't a pileup then there was another pileup," said Jessie King who still can't believe what she saw just before crashing her car while driving her daughter to Vol State.

"You couldn't even see a break light or anything else. It was just sitting there," King said.

For Orsbon a long embrace finally offers her some relief.

"She's shook up real bad, but she's OK," Orsbon said after reuniting with her daughter.

(The Associated Press Contributed To This Report.)

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