Police identify 6 killed in crash on Tennessee highway

This photo provided by the Chattanooga Police Department shows police and emergency workers at the scene of a nine-vehicle wreck on Interstate 75 near Ooltewah, Tenn, a suburb of Chattanooga. Police in southeastern Tennessee say six people have been killed in the wreck. (Chattanooga Police Department via AP)
This photo provided by the Chattanooga Police Department shows police and emergency workers at the scene of a nine-vehicle wreck on Interstate 75 near Ooltewah, Tenn, a suburb of Chattanooga. Police in southeastern Tennessee say six people have been killed in the wreck. (Chattanooga Police Department via AP)

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Police have released the identities of six people killed on a Tennessee highway when a semi-truck hit eight vehicles that had stopped due to road construction.

Four of the victims of Thursday evening’s crash were in one vehicle: 31-year-old Tiffany Watts and 50-year-old Sandra Anderson, both of Tennessee; along with two children, ages 10 or 11 and 8, both from California, Chattanooga Police Department spokesman Kyle Miller said in a news release.

Another victim, 37-year-old Brian Gallaher of Tennessee, was in a second vehicle, and 36-year-old Jason Ramos was in a third. Police listed Ramos as being from Georgia and Ohio.

Six people in four other vehicles received injuries that weren’t life-threatening, and another four in one vehicle were uninjured, Miller said. The semi driver and a passenger in the truck also were uninjured. The crash happened on Interstate 75 northbound near the suburb of Ooltewah.

Miller said police are still investigating the cause. Meanwhile, the National Transportation Safety Board said it was sending a team to investigate.

The northbound lanes of I-75 reopened Friday morning, about 12 hours after the crash, when crews finished removing debris from the roadway.

Miller said it was the largest number of fatalities the police department has seen in a single crash in a decade. He said it was also the most vehicles the police department has seen in a single crash in that time period.

He said that area of I-75 has had only one other fatality in the past five years.

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