UPDATE: I-24 has become dangerous for motorists
UPDATE: The wet roads may be to blame for a string of accidents along the stretch of I-24 near the 75 split. Police clear one scene, then another happens like clock work all throughout the day.
The latest accident involved a jack-knifed tractor trailer that blocked most of I-24 East. Diane Brower was heading back to Atlanta when she got caught in traffic for almost two hours. She says she almost always sees an accident when she passes that stretch.
Interstate 24 eastbound was re-opened late Friday morning after it was closed due to a single-vehicle accident at the U.S. 27 junction, which has left one person dead according to the Tennessee Department of Transportation.
Sgt. David Gibb with the Chattanooga Police Department tells our crew on the scene it appears the vehicle, a Nissan Xterra, hydroplane and then flipped.
"What we know is the car lost control, was fishtailing, struck the wall and that's why it overturned," said Chattanooga Police Public Information Officer Nathan Hartwig.
A Nashville family with three children were the occupants. One of the children, a 9-year-old girl was ejected from the vehicle. She was taken to the hospital where she later died. Officials say at this time it doesn't appear she was wearing a seatbelt. The other family members are listed in stable condition.
This area of Interstate 24 is no stranger to accidents. In the past 24 hours or so alone, Channel 3 has confirmed at least nine wrecks in a three mile stretch from MM 177-179.
In fact, there was another wreck at MM 178 one hour after this crash was cleared. And there was another accident around noon at MM 179.
The police who work these wrecks say it's a dangerous stretch when slick.