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Drag racing may have caused head-on collision in Tennessee

Dangerous driving behaviors put innocent people at risk. And while in the past we've posted about these dangerous driving behaviors in terms of being distracted or intoxicated behind the wheel, speeding and not following general traffic laws also put others in risk of serious injury and even death.

Just last week a man in his 60s was hospitalized after being involved in a head-on collision in Blountville, Tennessee. As of now, it's believed the teenage driver who caused the accident was acting irresponsible and drag racing against another teen driver right before the crash.

The accident took place around 2:40 p.m. on Highway 394. Witnesses who saw the head-on collision reported that the car the 17-year-old was driving was seen attempting to swerve around a slower vehicle by crossing the center line. When the driver went into the other lane, the two vehicles collided.

The man in his 60s, who reportedly had nothing to do with the drag racing, was taken to the hospital. The teen driver who was involved in the crash had to be extricated from the car he was driving. He was subsequently taken by medical helicopter to the hospital with what are believed to critical injuries.

The teen driver of the other vehicle that authorities believe was involved in drag racing was completely uninjured. However, he did stop at the scene of the accident.

Going forward, the cause of the accident is still under investigation, and charges are pending against the driver who caused the accident.

In general, while the two teen drivers have not been charged yet, when it comes to speeding and driving recklessly, the effects can be devastating to others out on the roadways.


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