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Teen killed, 5 injured in Murfreesboro crash, alcohol believed to be a factor

(MPD)

The Murfreesboro Police Department said a 16-year-old girl died and five others were injured in a crash on Sunday afternoon.

Police said a truck traveling north failed to stop at a red light and hit a van traveling south on South Church Street after 12 p.m. on Sunday. The van was attempting to turn left onto Joe B. Jackson Pkwy with a green arrow at the time of the crash.

There were six people in the truck at the time of the crash. Police said the driver and two juveniles were in the cab. One adult and two juveniles were in the bed of the truck at the time of the crash.

All three people were ejected from the bed of the truck during the crash. A 16-year-old girl, who was in the bed of the truck, died from her injuries. Police have not identified the teen.

James Utley, the 21-year-old driver of the truck, was life-flighted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center with serious injuries. The adult passenger ejected from the truck bed was also taken to VUMC, and three other juvenile passengers were taken to St. Thomas Rutherford for their injuries.

All of the people injured are in stable condition as of Monday afternoon. The people inside the van at the time of the crash were treated on-scene and released with no injuries.

Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash. As of Monday, police said charges are pending following the outcome of the investigation.


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