MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Police say two people headed to the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival were killed in a multiple-vehicle crash early Thursday, June 13 on I-24.
According to Tennessee Highway Patrol, the crash occurred around 12:19 a.m. and involved eight vehicles, two of which were tractor trailers.
Traffic had come to a halt, and one of the trucks was unable to stop in time. It overturned and hit multiple vehicles. Two vehicles caught fire, and one was completely engulfed, killing the two occupants.
The two individuals in the other vehicle that caught fire were rescued.
Neither tractor trailer driver was injured.
Five other people were injured in the crash, which closed the interstate for hours in Rutherford County, clogging traffic headed to the festival.
Three victims were LifeFlighted to Vanderbilt Medical Center, and another two were transported by ambulance. Two other victims were taken to a different hospital.
No identities or ages of those involved were immediately released. THP is investigating the crash.
The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT), Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP), the Manchester Police Department, and Coffee County Sheriff’s Department have all added patrols for the four-day festival.
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