18-year-old injured in ‘violent’ crash on I-65 South and McEwen Drive in Franklin

(Courtesy: Franklin Police Department)

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (WKRN) – Franklin police say an 18-year-old was critically injured in a violent crash on Interstate 65 South and McEwen Drive.

Authorities called it one of the most violent crashes they’ve ever seen after they arrived shortly after the 9:15 a.m. crash

Franklin police say the 18-year-old, later identified as Meghan Pittenger, was travelling at a high rate of speed when she lost control of her 2009 Lexus RX350 and barreled across two westbound lanes and five eastbound lanes of traffic, jumped two medians before careening down the on-ramp embankment adjacent to the Drury Plaza Hotel.

The SUV broke apart from the force of the impact, splitting into two pieces. It’s engine and two front seats landed in Drury Inn parking lot.

Pittenger was found unconscious in a tree line near the crash. She was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where she was in critical condition. On Monday, Oct. 3, News 2 learned she was back home recovering.

Certified crash reconstructionists from the Franklin Police Department’s Critical Incident Response Team are investigating and things like the vehicle’s on board event data recorder, driver toxicology, and witness accounts will be thoroughly examined as part of the investigation.

Franklin police are investigating. Charges are pending.

Anyone who may have seen the maroon Lexus SUV on I-65 South prior to the crash at 9:15 a.m., is asked to call Franklin Police at 615-794-2513.

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