5 dead in 3 crashes during deadly morning in Middle Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Five people died on Tennessee highways early Sunday morning in three separate crashes.

The first crash happened around 2 a.m. in Williamson County. The Tennessee Highway Patrol says Joel Michael, 30, of Murfreesboro was killed when his car went off Interstate 840 near Columbia Pike.

The THP report states the car was speeding when it veered off the road, traveled through a ditch, over a rock embankment and went airborne before rolling multiple times.

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A short time later around 2:30 a.m., a Lebanon woman was killed after losing control of her car on Interstate 40 in Wilson County.

According to the THP, Katie Weathers, 26, reportedly came close to another vehicle while driving and then swerved her car left and right before cutting across three lanes and hitting a rock wall.

Weathers was thrown from her car. Troopers say she was not wearing a seat belt.

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And around 4 a.m., three people died in Montgomery County in a crash on Highway 12 near Robin Hill Drive.

Officials with THP reported a Toyota Tundra driven by a 44-year-old Clarksville man crossed the center lines and hit a Chevy Cobalt.

The Toyota overturned and landed in the roadway, while the Chevy traveled down an embankment before stopping.

Three people from Clarksville inside the Chevy were killed. They’ve been identified as Megan Black, 20; Shayna Williams, 19; and Randall Pierce, 21.

Highway 12 was closed for about six hours Sunday morning while officers investigated.