A deadly crash occurred Saturday evening at 6:15pm in Coffee County. According to Tennessee Highway Patrolman Donnie Clark, Patrick Shane Rhodes, age 35 of Tullahoma was driving a 1992 Nissan Sentra the wrong way, traveling west in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 24 between mile-marker 117 and 114.
Rhodes collided head-on with a 2001 Chevrolet van driven by James L Golden age 63 of Hixson, TN near Exit 114 in Manchester.
A third vehicle, a 2006 Infiniti driven by John Richard Rex age 60 of Orlando, Fl. was clipped by the Rhodes’ Nissan and was hit by debris from the crash between the Nissan and Chevy van.
Patrick S Rhodes was ejected from his vehicle and was pronounced dead on scene. Phyllis F Golden, age 63 of Hixson was a passenger in the van. Ms Golden died on impact of the Nissan and Chevrolet. Katherine M Golden, age 22 of Hixson, TN. was a passenger in the van and was injured. She along with James L Golden were airlifted from the scene. Rex, the driver of the Infiniti was uninjured.
Manchester Fire and Rescue, Manchester Police, Coffee County Sheriff’s Department and Coffee County EMS assisted at the scene.
Traffic was diverted for several hours while cleanup occurred.