MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) – Two people were seriously hurt after a car crashed into a tractor trailer Monday in Murfreesboro.
Police say the semi driver had a green light and was attempting to turn left at Joe B. Jackson and South Church Street when the crash happened around 10:20 a.m.
A black Nissan Maxima then plowed into the trailer, becoming partially wedged underneath.
Witnesses reported the driver of the Maxima ran a red light and appeared to be looking down when the accident happened.
“Any time you have a car versus a semi-truck, the semi-truck is going to win as far as the momentum and the weight distributed,” said Murfreesboro police spokesman Kyle Evans.
Evans also said two people inside the car were taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in critical condition. Their identities have not been released.
“One person was taken by ground to Vanderbilt; the other was taken by LifeFlight helicopter. Both are in critical condition at this time with life-threatening injuries,” he explained.
South Church Street was shut down for hours while authorities investigated the scene.
As part of the investigation, which is ongoing, investigators will work to determine if alcohol or distracted driving were factors in the crash.
“Drinking and driving, distracted driving– they both kill,” Spokesman Evans said.”Anytime that you’re distracted and you’re not focused on doing – keeping what you are supposed to be doing – which is driving that vehicle and paying attention, it’s a deadly recipe. We hope for the best in this situation that these two come out of it.”
News 2 spoke with Becky Lewis, who was involved in a crash with a semi six years ago. She is now disabled and said she had flashbacks when she saw the aftermath of Monday’s crash.
“Seeing someone else in a wreck with a semi, that brings back so much fear and terror,” Lewis told News 2.
She added that she often sees people driving not paying attention to the road.
‘They tell you all the time not to be on your phone, that’s why Bluetooth are for,” Lewis said.
The driver of the truck wasn’t hurt in the crash.