published Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Truck driver killed in Marion County wreck on I-24

One person is dead and two are injured following an early morning semi-truck accident Friday on I-24 in Marion County.

At about 1 a.m. CDT on May 23, Tennessee Highway Patrol responded to a multivehicle accident on the westbound side of I-24, at mile marker 151.

According to the accident report, vehicle no. 1, a 2012 Volvo truck out of Mississippi, was being driven westbound at a reduced speed for an unknown reason by Ladarrius Montez Echoles, 21. Vehicle no. 2, a 2011 IHC truck out of Indiana, driven by Steven Deon Perkins, 36, of Georgia, was approaching at a higher rate of speed, and struck vehicle 1 in the rear.

Both trucks were hauling a trailer.

Perkins was killed on impact. Echoles and the passenger of vehicle 2, Torry Stevenson, 35, of Mississippi, was listed as injured on the police report, but no specifics were given.

Both the passenger and driver of vehicle 2 were not wearing their seat belts, but according to the police report, safety restraints would not have made a difference.

Drug and alcohol use was not suspected in either driver, though tests were requested.

Charges or citations for Echoles are pending, based on the results of the investigation.

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