LAFAYETTE, Tenn. – Three people have died in a crash in Macon County on State Route 52.
The wreck happened in the westbound lanes between Leath Lane and Old Highway 52 around 5:55 p.m. Saturday.
Those with the Tennessee Highway Patrol said a commercial vehicle lost control during heavy rain, causing the trailer to swing out and slid into oncoming traffic.
Troopers said two trucks could not stop. One of them slid under the trailer, which officials said took the cab off of the truck. The second truck struck the rear of the trailer.
Reports stated the commercial vehicle came to rest overturned in a deep ravine.
They confirmed three people were killed. The victims’ identities had not been released.
Authorities said the roadway was closed to westbound traffic while crews worked at the scene. Drivers in both directions of traffic were being diverted to alternate routes.
Crews estimated the roadway would be cleared by 9 p.m.