Tractor-Trailer Driver Crossed Median On I-75 Near Ooltewah And Caused Fatal Wreck

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Police said the driver of an 18 wheeler crossed the median on Interstate 75 north of Ooltewah and crashed into a pickup truck. The driver of the pickup, 72-year-old Betty Petty, was killed.

The driver of the tractor-trailer in the Wednesday afternoon incident was identified as Jesus Medina, 40.

At approximately 3:20 p.m., Chattanooga Police responded to a traffic crash at 1200 Interstate 75.  It was reported to traffic investigators that an 18 wheeler was traveling southbound on I-75 when it went into the northbound lanes of travel.  

The 18 wheeler struck Ms. Petty's pickup truck that was traveling northbound.  The victim was pronounced dead at the scene by EMS.  

The Tennessee Highway Patrol is assisting the Chattanooga Police Department in the investigation, which is ongoing.  

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