UPDATED: Fatal traffic accidents in Chattanooga

photo Chattanooga Police work a fatal wreck in the 3400 block of Brainerd Road after a Ford Taurus hit the back of a Dodge Stratus, sending it into a brick wall. The Taurus then spun hit a pole across the street.

Within one hour, two separate car wrecks claimed the lives of two people in Chattanooga tonight, police say.

The first wreck happened around 6:30 p.m., when a plum-colored Ford Taurus traveling east bound on Brainerd Road at a high rate of speed slammed into the back of white Dodge Stratus waiting in an east bound turn lane to turn onto Tunnel Blvd. near the 3400 block on Brainerd, according to police spokeswoman Jerri Weary.

The Taurus then continued across west bound lanes and crashed into a utility pole holding up the sign for Playoffs Sports Bar.