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10:50 PM, Jul 20, 2010   |    comments
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Officers with the Tennessee Highway Patrol identified all parties involved with a fatal accident on I-75 on Tuesday.

According to a release, Ben Parrott,61, of Jellico TN was driving a tractor trailer. Parrott spotted cars stopped in front of him and tried to stop, but could not.

His car ran into a Mazda driven by Aaron Howard, 24, of Florida. Aaron, as well as passengers Peter Michael Clarke, 47,  and Viola Johnson, 77, were injured after the accident. Lillian Michelle Clarke, 52, and 3-year-old Catherine Howard were killed after the accident.

The Mazda ran into a Ford Bronco driven by Donald Smith, 56, of Caryville who was also injured following the accident.

Debris from the crash hit a fourth car driven by Virginia Harness, 51,  of Pioneer. Both Harness and her passengers Andrea Mossey, 31, and Colby Mossey, 8, were not injured.

Previous story: Two dead after wreck on I-75

Two people are dead after an accident on I-75 North which closed the interstate down for five hours on Tuesday.

According to a trooper, three vehicles stopped for a prior crash. After seeing the cars stopped, a tractor trailer tried to stop the car but ran into a Mazda and knocked the car into a Bronco, which then ran into the guard rail.

Five people were in the Mazda including a 52-year-old female and a 1-year-old who were both killed after the crash.

The three other passengers in the Mazda were from Mirimar Florida and all three were taken to UT Medical Center. Two were flown to the hospital and one was taken by ambulance. The family of those involved has not be notified and the names have not been released.

One person traveling in the Bronco from Caryville was transported to Oak Ridge Methodist Medical Center.

Previous story: I-75 NB now open after fatal accident

I-75 is now open after a fatal crash blocked northbound lanes near the Clinton/Norris exit earlier on Tuesday.

According to the TDOT Smartway map, all northbound lanes of I-75 were blocked at that location.

Tennessee Highway Patrol Sergeant Ken Rose says that there is one fatality.  Rose says the accident involved a commercial vehicle and a passenger vehicle. No other details on the identities of those involved or what exactly happened are available.

Traffic was being diverted off the interstate at Exit 122, through Clinton to Lake City and back on the interstate at Exit 129.

According to dispatchers, the call came in moments before 11:00 a.m. Tuesday.

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