Victim Identified In Fatal I-65 Head-On Crash

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Victim Identified In Fatal I-65 Head-On Crash

CREATED Jun 13, 2014
WHITE HOUSE, Tenn. - The identity has been released of the victim who was killed in a head-on crash on Interstate 65 in Robertson County. Officials said the victim was a teenager from Westmoreland. 

The victim was identified as 17-year-old Christopher D. Jones. 

Investigators initially said two people were killed in the crash, but have since retracted that information, saying the other person was seriously injured. 

Jones was killed Thursday afternoon in what officials called a major vehicle crash on Interstate 65 at mile marker 110 in White House. 

Three vehicles were involved. 

Officials with the Tennessee Highway Patrol said a Ford Taurus driven by 18-year-old Ethan Jones from Westmoreland was traveling northbound when it suddenly exited the left side of the roadway and entered the median. 

The Taurus drove into southbound lanes and struck a Kia Sorento SUV head on, killing Christopher Jones and seriously injuring Ethan Jones. The force of the impact caused significant damage to both vehicles.

The impact of the collision caused the Kia to crash into a Jeep Laredo SUV. 

Three medical helicopters were sent to the scene - two units from LifeFlight in Nashville and one from the Air Evac Lifeteam in Bowling Green. At least three ground ambulances also responded. 

The Kia was driven by 54-year-old Edward Wahl from Shepherdsville, Kentucky. Also in the SUV was 54-year-old Phillip Waclawik from Lafayette, Indiana; and 54-year-old John Haley from Belleville, Illinois. All three were hurt. 

Also injured were the driver and passenger of the Jeep Laredo, identified as 70-year-old Barbara Garrett and 73-year-old Bobby Garrett from Goodlettsville. 

All the victims were wearing seat belts, except one passenger from the Kia.

As of Friday around noon, Ethan Jones and Bobby Garrett were both listed in critical but stable condition. Edward Wahl and John Haley weres listed in stable condition. Phillip Waclawik was treated and released Thursday night. 

Video from Sky5 HD showed tire tracks in the median where the Taurus exited the northbound lanes and plowed head-on into the SUVs. Wreckage was spread across both lanes of traffic and onto both shoulders of southbound lanes. 

Several emergency response vehicles were on the scene from the White House Police and Fire Departments, along with several ambulances and units the THP Critical Response Team.  

Southbound lanes were shut down and reopened 7 p.m. Northbound traffic was closed while the medical helicopters landed to pick up patients. There was also a back-up due to rubbernecking delays. 

Neither drugs nor alcohol were believed to be involved in the crash, but investigators ordered tests for both Ethan and Christopher Jones.  wa