Chattanooga Woman Very Lucky After Crash

Woman walks away after car split in half

A Chattanooga woman escaped serious injury Friday afternoon when a wheelbarrow fell off of a truck in front of her on I-24.
According to Tennessee Highway Patrolman Carl Seagroves, 30-year-old Paulette Russell of Chattanooga was traveling eastbound when at the 106 mile marker a wheelbarrow fell off of the truck in front of her. She swerved to miss it and went off the interstate; her Honda Civic then struck a tree on the driver’s side and flipped. The car was cut in half by the crash. When the trooper arrived Russell was walking around and was able to provide details of the crash. The truck that the wheelbarrow fell off of continued to travel down the interstate and has not been found. According to Trooper Seagroves, the usage of a seatbelt definitely saved the woman’s life. Russell was treated and released from a Manchester hospital.