One person was killed in a head-on crash in the 18000 block of Interstate 24 West, early Sunday morning.
According to East Ridge Fire Chief Mike Williams, police, fire and EMS were dispatched to the scene, just past the Germantown Road exit at 3:45 a.m.
First arriving crews reported two vehicles had collided head on with heavy entrapment-on both vehicles. One person was deceased.
A Mutual Aid request was made for an additional Squad from Chattanooga for manpower to assist with the extrications. Pucket EMS transported one critical patient to a local hospital.
According to a press release from ERPD Chief Stan Allen, responding officers located a Toyota Camry and a Chevrolet Trailblazer involved in a near head-on crash. The driver of the Toyota Camry was deceased on the scene. Firefighters stabilized the Trailblazer due to its location on the dividing wall and used extrication equipment to remove the driver from the vehicle. The driver of the Trailblazer was transported to the hospital via emergency traffic for serious injuries.
ERPD Traffic division is investigating the crash, and more information will be released as it becomes available. Victim information is being withheld at this time pending notification of the families.
East Ridge Police would like to thank the East Ridge Fire Department, Chattanooga Fire Department, Chattanooga Police Department, and the Tennessee Highway Patrol for their assistance during this incident.
“Please keep the family of the deceased in your thoughts and prayers,” Chief Williams wrote on the ER Fire and Rescue Facebook page. “Great work to all that were involved.”