CROSS PLAINS, Tenn. -
A 17-year-old was killed and six others injured in a violent three-vehicle crash Thursday afternoon on Interstate 65 in Cross Plains, Robertson County.
The crash occurred around 2:15 p.m. in the southbound lanes of I-65 at mile marker 110.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol said Ethan Jones was traveling northbound on I-65 when, for reasons unknown, his Ford Taurus crossed the median and collided head-on with a Kia Sorrento traveling southbound.
The impact of the collision sent the Kia into a Jeep Laredo that was also traveling southbound.
Jones, 18, of Westmoreland, suffered serious injuries. He was last listed in critical but stable condition at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. His brother, 17-year-old Christopher Jones, a passenger in the car, was killed.
News 2 has learned from the Jones' schoolmates that the pair are half-brothers and they were on their way home from church camp when the tragedy unfolded.
Ethan's high school classmate, Jay Wright, said the half-brothers were both "honor" students at Westmoreland High School. He also said Christopher was heading into his senior year, while Ethan just graduated last month as class president and is to be a freshman this fall at Lee University.
Wright described Ethan and Christopher as being close and are crushed the family has to deal with such a hardship.
"It is a really devastating especially for a small town where everyone knows everybody... both chris and ethan are really good guys," said Wright.
The driver of the Kia, Edward Wahl, 54, of Shepherdsville, Ky., was injured along with his passengers, Phillip Waclawik, 54, of Lafayette, Tenn., and John Haley, 54, of Illinois.
Wahl and Haley were last listed in stable condition. Waclawik was treated at a local hospital and released.
The Jeep’s driver, Barbara Garrett, 70, of Goodlettsville, and passenger, Bobby Garrett, 73, also of Goodlettsville, were injured as well.
Barbara Garrett was last listed in stable condition. Bobby Garrett was in critical but stable condition.
“The damage is extensive,” THP Sgt. Bill Miller told News 2. “It’s tremendous.”
Traffic was backed up for several miles to the Kentucky line. It was 7 p.m. before the scene was cleared and interstate reopened.
The investigation into the crash is ongoing. Charges weren’t immediately filed but are likely, the THP said.