Two single vehicle accidents in southern Coffee County on Saturday afternoon kept emergency crews busy.
A wreck on I-24 near mile marker 125 occurred around 4:41 PM and backed up interstate traffic for as much as 8 miles. Zhameca Hall of Nashville was driving a Ford Econoline van eastbound on I-24 with 10 passengers aboard when the vehicle had a blow out on the left rear tire of the van. The van left the roadway turning over on its side, before coming to res4t on all 4 wheels. Amazingly, the vehicle never flipped over. The van contained 7 minors, ages 1 to 1 years of age. The group was reported to be members of a Nashville dance team. Five medical choppers were dispatched to the scene to transport some of the injured to Vanderbilt and Erlanger. 5 passengers were transported to Manchester Medical Center and all passengers were listed as being in stable condition on Sunday. The accident scene was worked by members of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Manchester Fire & Rescue, Coffee County Sher
The second accident occurred around 6:30 PM on State Highway 127 about 6 miles north of Hwy 41. According to witnesses, the driver, who was said to be traveling below the speed limit, failed to successfully negotiate a left hand curve while traveling northbound on the Hillsboro/Viola Road near Henry Cove Road. The black Volkswagen crossed the southbound lane of the roadway and ending up on its side in the ditch. The Volkswagen had 4 occupants of which 3 were removed from the scene via medical choppers. The accident is still under investigation.