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Identities Released Of Two Killed In Coffee County Wreck

Identities Released Of Two Killed In Coffee County Wreck

CREATED Jul 13, 2014

MANCHESTER, Tenn. – The identities have been released of two people killed in a crash on Interstate 24 in Coffee County. The crash involved multiple vehicle and closed the interstate for several hours.

Investigators with the Tennessee Highway Patrol said a 1992 Nissan Sentra driven by 35-year-old Patrick Rhodes was traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes of the roadway when it hit a 2001 Chevrolet truck head on.

A third vehicle then clipped the Nissan and was hit by debris from the crash.

The crash happened around 7 p.m. Saturday. 

Rhodes was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. He was from Tullahoma.

The passenger in the truck was killed on impact. She was identified as 63-year-old Phyllis Golden from Hixson in Hamilton County.

The driver of the truck, 63-year-old James Golden, and another passenger, 22-year-old Katherine Golden were both injured. Their exact conditions were not released.

Each of the victims was wearing their seatbelt.

Officials were still working to determine the exact cause of the crash. They did not believe alcohol was a factor.

Eastbound lanes of the interstate were closed for nearly four hours while officials worked to clear the scene. 

Westbound traffic was not affected by the incident.

The roadway reopened around 10:30 p.m.