According to AAA, over 34 million drivers hit the road during the Labor Day holiday. Traffic on the interstate was backed up for miles Saturday morning after a couple from Ringgold, GA was sideswiped by another vehicle.
They were traveling down the 1-75 southbound lanes when their truck loaded with farm equipment landed in the median.
50-year-old Reba McNeece was found dead when emergency responders arrived. Her husband was airlifted to a local hospital.
TDOT dispatchers say the majority of roadway fatalities could be avoided. Charles Cooper says, "cell phones and texting are a major distraction for drivers. They aren't paying attention to the road like they should be."
Dana Carroll, a TMC operator says, "drivers need to pay attention and slow down especially going around a curve. That isn't possible when someone is going 70 miles an hour. You can't see what's ahead of you."
TDOT officials want drivers to remember these three simple steps; stay alert, follow the speed limit and don't text and drive.