Two Seriously Injured In Rollover Crash On I-24 East
SMYRNA, Tenn. – Two people were taken by LifeFlight to Vanderbilt University Medical Center after a crash involving an overturned SUV on Interstate 24 east in Smyrna.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol said a Toyota 4-Runner was traveling in the left lane when it blew a tire around 5:45 a.m. Friday just past the Almaville Road exit.
The 4-Runner then swerved to the right, clipping the back of a Nissan Pathfinder SUV two lanes over. The Pathfinder went off into the median, and overturned several times.
Two people inside the vehicle, driver Regina Bautista and passenger 18-year-old Ariel Bautista, were taken by LifeFlight to Vanderbilt Medical Center. Their conditions were unknown, but the THP said they were wearing their seatbelts.
The driver of the 4-Runner was wearing his seatbelt as well, and was not injured.
The interstate was shut down while the Vanderbilt LifeFlight helicopter landed and removed the injured passengers.
All lanes of the interstate re-opened just after 7 a.m. while a wrecker worked to load the SUV onto a trailer.