Names released in deadly Highway 58 wreck involving a dump truck in Meigs County

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MEIGS COUNTY (WTVC) – The Tennessee Highway Patrol has released the names of those killed in a wreck on Highway 58 in Meigs County.

It happened Friday afternoon between Decatur Circle and Sharp Road.

According to a preliminary report by the THP, 38-year-old Andrew Blackford from Murfreesboro, 37-year-old Samantha Norris from Maynardville, 36-year-old Christopher Denton and 62-year-old Paula Stevens from Dunlap, were all killed in that three vehicle crash.

According the report, Blackford was driving the Nissan Maxima and Denton the Pathfinder.

The report says, both vehicles were traveling northbound on Highway 58. 34-year-old John Bennett, was traveling southbound when a trailer connected to his vehicle detached traveling into the northbound lanes striking both vehicles. The Maxima came to rest in the middle of the highway. The Pathfinder was overturned and came to rest on the right shoulder.

The report says Bennett was under the influence at the time of the crash and is being called a person of interest.

Tennessee Highway Patrol and local agencies are actively looking for Bennett.

Lt. John Harmon with the Tennessee Highway Patrol says at least four people are dead after a three-vehicle crash on Highway 58 in Meigs County.

Investigators say a trailer unhinged from a dump truck, hitting a car and SUV, Friday.

“Trailer came off at it’s attachment point then crashed into the Northbound lanes of Highway 58,” Lt. Harmon said.

THP says the trailer hit a Nissan Maxima and Pathfinder, killing four people.

“The driver of vehicle one (dump truck) continuted to drive a thousand yard south on Highway 58, where he exited the vehicle,” Harmon said.

Officers, deputies, troopers, US Marshalls and a helicopter searched for John Bennett, the person of interest in the accident, Friday night.

District Attorney Russell Johnson says Bennett had a suspended license.

“We’ve asked the local medical examiner to order autopsies on all four individuals, which is typical in any case like this that may result in any criminal charges,” Johnson said.

“It’s a tragic situation that we have 4 people here who evidently did nothing wrong, appear to be innocent in the entire situation,” he added.

A dispatch supervisor for Meigs County 911 says a 911 call came in as an accident involving a dump truck and two cars.

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