MANCHESTER, Tenn. - Two people have died in a fiery crash on Interstate 24 in Coffee County. Westbound lanes near Manchester were closed down for several hours overnight. At least one westbound lane remained closed until 9:30 a.m. during the clean-up and investigation.
The incident was reported around 1:15 a.m. Tuesday at mile marker 110, not far from Woodbury Highway.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol says a tractor trailer rear-ended a vehicle that was stopped in the right lane on the interstate. The driver and passenger in the first vehicle both died. THP says 70-year-old Stanislaw Turczyn was behind the wheel of tractor trailer. He was injured in the crash.
Troopers say the damage to the first vehicle was so great they could not identify the people in the car or even the make or model of the vehicle.
It appears the cab of the tractor trailer burst into flames. The crash knocked over at least one light pole on I-24.