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TWO ACCIDENTS ON I-40 INVOLVE A TOTAL OF SEVEN VEHICLES

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Two separate accidents on Interstate 40 in Cumberland County this past Sunday (November 26, 2017) involved a total of seven vehicles and 16 individuals but miraculously no injuries were reported. The Tennessee Highway Patrol says the first accident took place at the 312 mile marker when a 2008 Honda Accord driven by 21-year-old James W. Stokes of Knoxville rear ended a 2017 Ford Expedition operated by 41-year-old Kellie M. Rooker of White Pine as Rooker was slowing down for heavy traffic. That caused an oncoming 2013 Toyota Tacoma driven by 62-year-old William Arther Stepro of Columbia, South Carolina to hit the rear of Stokes vehicle. Six people were involved in that accident and all were properly restrained. The second accident happened on Interstate 40 in the same fashion as the first. Troopers say a 2017 Toyota Camry driven by 34-year-old William Jordan of Washington, DC slowed for heavy traffic and was rear ended by a 2017 Dodge Caravan operated by 50-year-old Dean H. Baker of Red Lion, Pennsylvania. That resulted in a 2007 Honda Civic driven by 67-year-old Catherine Cavaness of Sparta rear ending Baker. The impact sent Baker’s car into a 2013 infinity J35 driven by 58-year-old Dennis D. Pritchett of Mount Carmel, Tennessee. A total of 10 people were involved and all were restrained at the time of the accident.


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