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Pair Killed In I-24 Pileup Identified; Truck Driver Cited

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RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Tenn. – A truck driver has been cited in a 8-car pileup that killed two people from Indiana and injured five people on Interstate 24 eastbound in Murfreesboro overnight.

Investigators with the Tennessee Highway Patrol cited 40-year-old Stacey Colvin with failure to exercise due care, and additional charges were pending. Investigators said Colvin, who worked for H&O Transport out of Campbellsville, Kentucky, had a previous misdemeanor citation out of Alabama on driving history.

Investigators said Colvin was unable to stop his tractor trailer in time and struck multiple vehicles, including another tractor trailer, near mile marker 81 around 12:20 a.m. Thursday. Traffic had been congested and stopped on the roadway due to a previous crash at mile marker 89.

Both of the tractor trailers flipped on their side, and two of the cars caught fire. A state trooper and sheriff's deputy were able to extinguish the flames of one car with extinguishers, and two people were pulled from the car.

28-year-old Brandon Wilson from Lawrensburg, Indiana, and 25-year-old Deja Morris from West Harrison, Indiana, were both killed in the accident. 

Those traveling with Wilson and Morris said they were headed to Bonnaroo. Some of the other vehicles involved were also headed to the four-day festival in Manchester, which kicked off Thursday.

"They were able to put out the flames for one car; they just didn't have enough for the other car. So those were the heroes for those guys, because if it wasn't for the trooper and the deputy, they probably wouldn't be here either," said Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold.

Three of the victims were taken by LifeFlight to Vanderbilt University Medical Center; two were taken by ambulance to Vanderbilt; and seven others sustained minor injuries but were not taken to the hospital. Neither tractor trailer driver was hurt.

Two of those taken to Vanderbilt were treated and released, one was in stable condition, while another was in surgery on Thursday morning.

All lanes of I-24 eastbound were reopened by 10:30 a.m., and the exit ramp reopened around noon.

The investigation was ongoing.

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