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Deadly stretches of roadways in the Tennessee Valley

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Rain kept crews busy Monday morning as they worked 39 crashes, two of them with injuries along Hamilton County roadways between midnight and 9:30.

Those numbers support a report by the Auto Insurance Center that shows rain causes more crashes in our region than snow. 

The report lists Marion, Polk and Grundy counties as the "most dangerous." While Hamilton, Bradley, Whitfield, Walker and Catoosa counties are considered "safe" by data. 

But Channel 3 found out local numbers may reflect a different story.  

Every year hundreds of lives are lost on Tennessee roadways and officials say most of the time, weather is to blame. 

In Bradley County, the number of fatal crashes reported by Tennessee Highway Patrol has doubled since last year from eight fatalities to 16. 

That's where we find one of the most dangerous stretches in our area, along Interstate 75 between mile markers 22 and 34. It's where four crashes took five lives this year. 

Lt. John Harmon with THP says the most crashes in that area are caused by driver error. 

"People not paying attention, they're following too close for the weather conditions that are happening at that time and they're also being distracted by all those distractions drivers have now," he said. 

In Hamilton County, the number of fatal crashes are down from last year. In 2014, THP reported 40 fatal crashes compared to 33 this year. Despite the decline, it's also where we find another deadly stretch of roadway-- The I-24/27 split. 

It's the place where two lives were taken in two separate crashes this year, including Cassandra Mason, 27. She was killed when the car she was driving rear-ended a tractor trailer. Three kids in the back were not seriously hurt. 

Despite the number of crashes, it's still a record-setting year for THP, as the number of lives lost are 41 less compared to this time last year. 

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