Nine-vehicle crash sends numerous people to hospital

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Several people were injured in a Monday afternoon pile-up that involved no fewer than nine cars, trucks, and motorcycles in South Knoxville, authorities said.

The exact number of casualties wasn’t available, but at least one biker was hospitalized with serious injuries, said Knoxville Police Department spokesperson Scott Erland.

The crash took place about 3:20 p.m. on W. Governor John Sevier Highway near Mountain Grove Drive, he explained.

“A total of nine vehicles were involved in the crash – a dump truck, three passenger vehicles and five motorcycles,” he said. “Numerous individuals who were riding a motorcycle were transported to the University of Tennessee Medical Center for injuries, including one woman whose injuries are considered life-threatening and remains hospitalized.”

The driver of one of the passenger vehicles was also hurt and was taken to the hospital in a private vehicle.  

“The investigation revealed that the dump truck attempted to slow for stopped traffic but was unable to stop before colliding with the other vehicles,” Erland said. “KPD Crash Reconstruction personnel are continuing their investigation with the assistance of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, who will conduct an inspection of the dump truck today.”

Published on June 28, 2022.