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I-75 wreck claims life of 2 year-old girl

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MONROE COUNTY (WBIR) - A 2-year-old girl was killed and nine people were injured in a Monroe County wreck Sunday on Interstate 75 South, reports NBC affiliate WBIR.

Nikayla Oliver died after the Chevrolet Suburban she was traveling in ran over rumble strips on I-75 causing two tires to blow out near mile marker 64. The vehicle then started to turn sideways, and crashed into a concrete culvert before flipping into a ditch, causing the vehicle to catch fire.

The following people sustained injuries with their age indicated next to their names:

  • Shakita Counts, 37
  • Willie Antonio Reed, 25
  • Sherna Reed, 43
  • Eric Scales, 10
  • Shakita Coleman, 16
  • Tevia Denee Blanks, 10
  • Tiana Scales, 10
  • Michael Scales Jr., 14
  • Jakiyah Williams, 10

According to an accident report from the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Oliver was in the lap of Blanks' lap at the time of the crash, not in a child passenger restraint device or using a seat belt. The accident report also said criminal charges are pending after the wreck. THP said only Counts, the driver of the Chevrolet Suburban, was wearing a seat belt.

Read more at WBIR’s website

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