Interstate shutdown

Interstate shutdown

Author: Tommy Millsaps
Source: The Monroe County Advocate

SWEETWATER-Three women were flown to
the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville after a crash
on Interstate 75 just north of the Dinner Bell near Sweetwater exit
early Sunday morning.

Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Cory
Russell said alcohol was likely a factor and charges are pending
after a rental car driven by Jennifer Benton of Sweetwater, 28,
struck the back of a 2008 Honda Accord driven by Susan Chabot-Mack,
56, of Knoxville.

According to Russell, a witness said
Benton’s car passed them doing at least 100 mph. The trooper said
Benton switched lanes, striking the Honda.

Russell said Benton and a passenger in
her car, Vanessa Latham, 33, were ejected from their car and
Chabot-Mack was trapped in her car. Both cars appeared to have
flipped numerous times, the trooper said.

Russell said as of Monday, Benton was
in critical condition and the other two wreck victims were in serious

It took about eight hours to totally
clean up the wreck site. A special team of THP wreck investigators
were called to the scene.

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