Two die in separate wrecks on Knox County interstates

Two die in separate wrecks on Knox County interstates

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A firefighter works to extinguish flames on an overturned car on I-40. A firefighter works to extinguish flames on an overturned car on I-40.
Knoxville police look for evidence to explain why a driver lost control and was ejected on I-275 at the I-640 overpass. Knoxville police look for evidence to explain why a driver lost control and was ejected on I-275 at the I-640 overpass.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Two people died in separate wrecks late Thursday and early Friday on Knoxville area interstate highways.

The first fatality happened around 11:30 p.m. Thursday on I-40 just west of the Strawberry Plains exit in east Knox County.

Knoxville police say three people were in a Chrysler Sebring traveling east when the car veered off the road, crossed the median, and struck a westbound tractor trailer head on. 

The driver of the car was ejected and the truck burst into flames.

Two passengers in the car were transported to UT Medical Center with one suffering  potential life-threatening injuries. 

The driver of the car, Shannon Mayne, 26, of Springfield, Tennessee was pronounced dead at the scene. Mayne was originally from Texas.

The passengers are identified as cousins, Casey Stinnett, 16, of Dandridge, and Carl Stinnett, III, 22, of Clarksville.

Police say the two passengers of the car were wearing seat belts, but driver was not. Alcohol and speed are suspected to be factors in the crash.

The truck driver suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported to UT Medical Center. 

The second fatal accident occurred around 2:30 a.m. Friday on I-275 North at I-640.

Police say it appears the driver of a pickup truck, Derek Edward Satterfield, 31, of Knoxville, lost control and struck a guardrail. Satterfield was ejected from the truck.

He wasn't wearing a seatbelt, and police say it would have made a difference.  

Police have not yet been able to determine if alcohol consumption was a contributing factor in the accident.

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