Knoxville police increasing traffic enforcement on Chapman Hwy.

Knoxville police increasing traffic enforcement on Chapman Highway after deadly wrecks

Two deadly crashes were reported less than 24 hours apart this week on Chapman Highway. Two deadly crashes were reported less than 24 hours apart this week on Chapman Highway.
KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The Knoxville Police Department says it is increasing traffic enforcement efforts in the Chapman Highway area following two fatal accidents this week.

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

Police say while the accidents were tragic, neither were speed related, but appear to have been caused by driver error.

KPD will deploy more officers, both patrol vehicles and motorcycle officers on Chapman Highway, looking for speeders and other traffic related violations.

Previous story: 2nd deadly crash on Chapman Highway in 24 hours

The department will also deploy a sign board, reminding motorists to use due care and caution when entering and exiting Chapman Highway. Police want to remind drivers to always turn right and to use a controlled intersection for changing directions.

They say it is never a good idea to try to cross several lanes of traffic at a non-controlled intersection to get to your desired destination.

KPD will also deploy its Speed Monitoring Awareness Radar Trailer (SMART) so drivers will be reminded of their speed.

Deadly crash victims identified

Meanwhile, the names have been released of those involved in both of this week's deadly accidents.

The first crash happened Wednesday afternoon around 5:30 p.m. just south of Meridian Road involving a 2001 Infiniti SUV and a 2013 GMT pickup truck. Police said one vehicle was traveling northbound and one was traveling southbound. One crossed the center line, striking the other.

The driver of the SUV, Catherine McAmis, 74, was killed. The other driver, Herbert Sullvan, 82, was injured.

In Thursday's 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.

Diane Buckley, 68, a passenger in the Aveo, was killed. Passenger Irene Buckley, 69, and driver Marie Buckley, 67, were taken to UT Medical Center.

The driver of the Yukon, Melissa Sharp, 43, was also injured and taken to the hospital.

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