Saturday was a deadly day on Interstate 75 in Bradley County as Tennessee Highway Patrol officers responded to two fatal crashes and a wreck involving an overturned semi-tractor trailer that caught on fire.
The first crash happened at mile marker 33 on I-75 southbound at 12:13 a.m.Saturday.
Billy McBee, 26 of Sevierville, Tenn., lost control of his vehicle and began to swerve, according to a THP report. The car went off the left side of the road and struck a tree.
McBee was pronounced dead on the scene and two passengers in the car were injured. The passenger in the back seat was ejected and the person in the passenger seat was trapped inside the vehicle, the report said. There was no update available late Saturday for the passengers' condition.
A couple hours later at 3 a.m., a two-vehicle crash left a tractor trailer overturned at mile marker 18 on I-75 southbound, completely blocking highway traffic.
The truck, which was hauling plastic bottles, caught fire and was "completely engulfed" in flames at one point, a THP official said. There were injuries reported but no fatalities.
Another fatal crash on I-75 occurred Saturday evening at mile marker 34 southbound.
The THP said authorities had not yet notified the family and so could not release any information.