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Identities Released Of 2 Killed In Marshall County Crash

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MARSHALL COUNTY, Tenn. – The identities have been released of two people who were killed in an early morning chain-reaction crash in Marshall County that shut down Interstate 65 southbound for hours. One other person was injured.

The crash happened around 1:30 a.m. Thursday near mile marker 27, not far from the Tennessee/Alabama state line.

Officials with the Tennessee Highway Patrol said a Ford Taurus was stopped in the middle of both southbound lanes.

The driver, 56-year-old Derick Bostick from Racine, Wisconsin, was standing outside the vehicle. A semi tanker came upon the scene and swerved to miss the Taurus, clipping the rear bumper.

A second semi that was hauling a trailer was unable to avoid hitting the car and slammed into the back of it. Bostick was killed in the collision. It was unclear which vehicle hit him.

There was a passenger in the Taurus, identified as 57-year-old John L. Hickman, also from Hickman, Wisconsin.

Investigators said Hickman had been drinking, but they were unable to tell if Bostick was under the influence.

Emily Macon, age 19, from Bethpage, Tennessee was driving a Chrysler sedan in the left lane when she came upon the scene. She swerved to avoid running over Bostick's body, lost control and hit the tanker. A male passenger in the sedan was killed. He was identified as 20-year-old Dakota Clay Blevins from Rising Fawn, Georgia.

Macon was injured, although the extent of her injuries was not available.

Officials said a fifth vehicle lost control after running over the first deceased victim. The driver swerved into the right lanes and avoided striking the other vehicles.

The crash resulted in 300 gallons of diesel fuel being spilled on the roadway. 

Southbound lanes were blocked from exit 22 to 32 until about 8:30 a.m. for investigators to determine exactly what happened. Traffic was backed up for several miles while crews worked to clear the scene. 

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