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I-24 West In Coffee Co. Closed Due To Crash

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Posted at 6:07 PM, Sep 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-26 21:03:15-04

The westbound lanes of Interstate 24 in Coffee County were shut down due to a crash.

The one-vehicle crash happened in Manchester at 4:15 p.m. at mile marker 109 near Woodbury Highway.

According to Tennessee Highway Patrol's preliminary report, a 1996 Ford Explorer exited the interstate westbound into the Manchester Scales weigh station believing it was a rest area.

A Trooper approached the vehicle were it had stopped to check on the driver, 39-year-old Wendell Rogers Jr.. The Trooper believed the Rogers was under the influence.

Officials said the driver refused to get out of the vehicle and drove off the scale complex at a high rate of speed. A second Trooper was nearby and located the vehicle and pursued the vehicle for a short distance where it crashed at mm 109w.

The driver was ejected from the vehicle and the passenger, 35-year-old Jamie Hiles, was partially ejected. Both of them were flown to area hospitals.

Roger Jr. was said to be driving on a revoked license.

The individuals were not wearing seatbelts. Charges were pending.