During a long road trip, you shouldn't have to worry about being hit by someone driving the wrong way on the interstate. Unfortunately, six people traveling from Kentucky to Florida have been hospitalized after their two cars were involved in a car accident in East Ridge, Tennessee.
At approximately 4 o'clock in the morning, the two-car caravan had been traveling down Interstate 24 as part of a trip from Kentucky to Florida. They were traveling in the correct direction and were very close to the South Seminole overpass when they were hit.
WRCB 3 reports that a man driving a black pickup truck had been on the interstate and was driving against traffic. The pickup truck slammed into the first car, a Pontiac Torrent, causing a head-on collision. While the second car in the caravan was not directly hit by the black pickup, it was unable to avoid the crash.
The impact of the crash was quite severe. Firefighters and emergency rescuers had to use the jaws-of-life to pry apart the wreckage to get to at least one of the victims. The accident also caused injuries to the drivers and passengers of the caravan. In total, four adults and two children were sent to nearby hospitals. It is unclear what the extent of the injuries are or when the victims are expected to be released.
Emergency responders also had a difficult time with the rescue. The extreme heat affected one firefighter and he or she was forced to seek treatment for heat-exhaustion.
Luckily for the drivers and passengers of the two cars, a police officer happened to witness the accident and was able to respond immediately. The officer reportedly saw the driver of the pickup try and leave the scene of the accident, but the officer quickly detained him.
The pickup driver has been charged with driving under the influence (DUI), vehicular assault, implied consent law, driving without a license and reckless endangerment. Unfortunately, police have not yet been able to identify the driver because he presented two forms of identification, each with a different name.