Collision including tractor-trailer stalls I-65 traffic
By Seth Burkett
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ATHENS — Three vehicles collided Thursday morning when a driver went the wrong way on Interstate 65, state troopers said.
The crash, which involved a tractor-trailer carrying a steel coil, happened at 9:30 about one-half mile north of Athens.
The drivers of two smaller vehicles, Dovie Jackson, 57, of Killen and John Todd Eubanks, 25, of Ardmore were injured.
Both were taken to Athens-Limestone Hospital, where they were treated and released, a nurse supervisor said.
The driver of the tractor-trailer, Joseph Denapoli, 42, of Tampa, Fla., was not injured.
"One of the vehicles was on the wrong side of the road," said Curtis Summerville, a state trooper spokesman.
The wreck closed down the interstate's southbound lanes. The lane reopened shortly after noon, troopers said.
A crane was brought in to remove the steel coil from the immobilized tractor-trailer, according to reports.
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