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THP: Indiana men killed in fiery crash were headed to Bonnaroo

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The Tennessee Highway Patrol has identified the two people killed in a fiery crash while driving to Bonnaroo.

Brandon Wilson, 28, and Deja Morris, 25, were killed in the crash that also injured many others. Both Wilson and Morris were from Indiana.

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By Adam Tamburin The Tennessean

The two people killed in a fiery crash on Interstate 24 East early this morning were en route to Bonnaroo, the Tennessee Highway Patrol confirmed.

Officials are notifying the victims' families now. Their names could be released later today, according to a THP statement.

The tractor trailer driver who officials said caused the eight-vehicle crash by slamming into traffic at about 12:15 a.m. has been cited for failure to exercise due care, the THP said. More charges are pending, although no arrests had been made by 10:30 a.m.

The at-fault driver has a previous misdemeanor citation in Alabama based on driving history, the statement said.

All three lanes of I-24 E at the crash scene have been cleared. 

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MURDFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) -- A tractor-trailer truck plowed into a wreck that occurred earlier, killing two people and injuring five others southeast of Nashville.

Police said the crash occurred around midnight Wednesday on Interstate 24 in Rutherford County. Two vehicles burst into flames.

WSMV-TV reported that sheriff's deputies responding to the crash were able to pull two people to safety, but could not reach two others trapped in their car. Three of the victims were taken by helicopter to Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville.

The names of those killed and injured were not immediately available.

The eastbound lanes of I-24 were expected to be closed through the morning commute. The truck overturned in the collision.

Eastbound traffic was being rerouted onto U.S. 41. The westbound lanes remained open.


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