(Murfreesboro, Tenn.) – Two Dearborn County residents are dead following a fiery, chain-reaction crash on a Tennessee interstate.
Deja Morris, 25, of West Harrison and Brandon Wilson, 28, of Lawrenceburg were traveling with friends to the Bonnaroo Music Festival Thursday morning on Interstate 24 near Murfreesboro, according to WSMV-TV in Nashville.
As their vehicles were stopped in traffic because of an earlier crash, a semi truck slammed into the back of the car Morris and Wilson were riding in. They both died in the fiery crash, according to Tennessee Highway Patrol.
The semi overturned and slid across the highway, colliding into seven other vehicles.
Four other people were injured, including others from our area, according to WLWT-TV in Cincinnati. They were Matthew Clements, 27, of Lawrenceburg; Amber Everman, 26, of Hebron; Lucas Ackney, 21, of Cincinnati; and Amber Hoeffer, 26, of Cincinnati.
Several others were involved in the accident but not injured including Jodi Moore, 24, of West Harrison; Matt Schemer, 31, of Lawrenceburg; Cassie Ingram, 26, of Lawrenceburg; Stephanie Braun, 24, of Harrison; and Erik Sandlin, 27, of Lawrencebug.
Police arriving on scene were able to pull two of the victims from their burning wreckage, but others couldn’t be saved.
"I saw people being pulled from their cars. People being laid out on the side of the road, cars on fire, like, fully engulfed in flames," Hoeffer told WLWT.
Tennessee Highway Patrol said truck driver Stacey Colvin, 40, of Campbellsville, Kentucky, who appears to have caused the accident, has been cited for Failure to Exercise Due Care. Additional charges could be pending.
The semi was operated by H & O Transport of Campbellsville, Kentucky.
Deja Morris’ Facebook page listed her and Brandon Wilson in a relationship together. A new Facebook page dedicated to the couple “Remembering Brandon Wilson and Deja Morris” has gathered 830 likes since Thursday.