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ONLY ON 3: Search ends for family dog after fatal crash on I-24

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UPDATE: The search for a family pet following a fatal accident on I-24 ends sadly.  McKamey Animal Shelter found the dog, Ziggy, that escaped during the crash Tuesday. Officials say Ziggy was hit and killed traveling through traffic on the Interstate.

UPDATE: As investigators work to piece together what caused the I-24 crash that killed the young mother who was driving, others are trying to find one of the car’s passengers. 

“It was probably 50 yards or so from the accident scene, the dog was actually running down the emergency lane in the median of the interstate. You could tell it was running from something, you could tell it was trying to get away from the noise,” Jamey Morrison said. 

Morrison, a nurse at a local children’s hospital, was one of three nurses who stopped to help the three children who were also in the car before paramedics arrived.

“When you see something like that and you’re able to help and you notice that there’s no EMS on scene at the time, you just want to do what you can,” he added. 

Officials with McKamey Animal Center spent hours searching the area around the old U.S. Pipe and Foundry for the children’s dog, but their search turned up nothing. 

With no picture or name, they only have this description to go on: Pitbull mix, medium build, brown in color with a bluish-green collar with a leash. 

Morrison, like others who worked the crash, would like to give something back to these kids that lost so much. 

“Anything you can do to bring them a little joy and brightness right now I think would be a great thing. So finding these dog would be something upbeat for these kids and I think they need that.” 

If you work in the area or have driven by and notice a dog that fits that description, call McKamey Animal Services at 423-305-6500. 

PREVIOUS STORY: Monday morning crash that claimed the life of a woman has now been identified. 

Cassandra Mason, 27, hit the tractor trailer with her car. Witnesses say that Mason was driving around 65-70 MPH in the lane behind the tractor trailer and did not slow down her speed and rear ended the tractor trailer. 

Mason was pronounced dead at the scene, according to CPD. 

There were three children in the back seat of the car, two of the children are Mason's, the third is her boyfriend's child. 

None of the children were seriously injured. They were transported to a local hospital for treatment. 

PREVIOUS STORY: A morning crash between a passenger car and a semi Monday morning resulted in the death of one person.

The car ran into the rear of the semi trailer on Interstate 24 eastbound near the 177 mile marker.

The crash, in the middle lane of I-24, slowed traffic as first responders performed their work, and police worked to investigate the crash scene.

Traffic was backed up to the TN/GA state line west of Chattanooga.

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