Monday, July 6, 2009

Two Fatal Holiday Wrecks in Cookeville Area

Preliminary figures from the Tennessee Highway Patrol indicate that two fatal wrecks were among in the Cookeville District were among eight fatalities recorded over the Fourth of July holiday weekend. Authorities say all of the crashes were single-vehicle wrecks. In the Cookeville area, one person was killed early Saturday morning on State Route 52 in Clay County; another was killed later that same day in a crash in Cumberland County on Highway 70. The THP says alcohol was a factor in the Clay County accident. Safety commissioner Dave Mitchell says preliminary statistics indicate 444 people have died on Tennessee roadways in 2009 compared to 512 fatalities in 2008. That is 68 fewer people killed this year compared to the same time last year. But he says it is important to stress that the statistical data for the July 4th holiday weekend and for 2009 are preliminary and are subject to change.