2nd deadly crash on Chapman Highway in 24 hours

2nd deadly crash on Chapman Highway in 24 hours

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The crash was reported around 11:45 a.m. in the northbound lanes of Chapman Highway near Lindy Road. The crash was reported around 11:45 a.m. in the northbound lanes of Chapman Highway near Lindy Road.
By CAMERON TAYLOR
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - At least one person was killed in a crash on Chapman Highway in South Knoxville late Thursday morning.

The crash was reported around 11:45 a.m. in the northbound lanes of Chapman Highway near Lindy Road.

"It's been a while since we've had anything and then we've had two in two days. You know it's hard to explain what's going on," said Thomas Hyke of Knoxville.

It's an all too familiar feeling for Hyke as he watched Knoxville police, the Knoxville Fire Department, and Rural/Metro deal with a traffic crash.

Knoxville police say a Chevy Aveo was crossing all lanes of traffic in the 6200 block of Chapman Highway. A Chevy Tahoe was traveling north when the two cars collided killing one person and sending three to UT Medical Center. Their conditions are unknown.

Chapman Highway was closed in both directions at the site of the crash, but all lanes reopened around 2 p.m.

None of the names of anyone involved have been released.


A history of traffic crashes

On Wednesday night, another person died on Chapman Highway about a mile away from Thursday's crash.

Previous story: One driver killed in head-on collision on Chapman Highway

Hyke lost his father in a similar crash 18 years ago right outside his radiator shop, just steps away from today's incident.

"When that happens, it always brings back memories of my father and other that's died on the highway here too that I've known over the years," said Hyke.

Knoxville police say there have been 13 traffic crashes between Chapman Highway and Lindy Street and Chapman Highway and Meridian Road. Those are the areas of the two most recent deadly accidents within the past year.

Business owners and neighbors say that's too many and want action to be taken.

"I've seen an awful lot of wrecks in my day. This Chapman Highway is a die way. It's pretty sad," said Richard Eldridge of Knoxville. 


"Maybe a turning lane all the way down Chapman Highway, that would help. Maybe more police to check the speeding," said Shannon Hall of Knoxville.

Others like Hyke say until something is done, more crashes are bound to happen.

"Until they correct it or slow them down, it'll never, you know, it's still going to happen," said Hyke. 


The Tennessee Department of Transportation said that the intersections where the two deadly car crashes happened recently are below the state average for accidents. For now, there aren't any safety projects in the works where these two wrecks occurred.


TDOT said there are several projects in the works for expanding Chapman Highway.

They be from south of Simpson Road to Hendron Chapel Road in Knox County, Evans Road in Knox County to Burnett Lane in Blount County, and State Route 35, Maryville Highway, to Macon Lane in Sevier County.

TDOT officials say some of these projects will begin the right of way and design phases as early as this summer.

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