Victims ID'd in triple fatality wreck near McMinnville - WSMV Channel 4

Victims ID'd in triple fatality wreck near McMinnville

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McMINNVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Three people have died following a single-vehicle wreck Wednesday afternoon near McMinnville.

The wreck was reported before 1 p.m. near Goodbar Road and Highway 30, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

A 1999 Cadillac Deville, carrying three males, was traveling south on Goodbar Road when it left the roadway and struck a dirt embankment, THP said. The vehicle continued until it struck a utility pole and overturned.

Officials identified the victims as Roy Rogers, 56, and Danny Rogers, 54, both of Rock Island, TN, and George Dodson Jr., 57, of Bone Cave, TN.

One person was ejected, and the other two were trapped inside the vehicle, THP said.

Alcohol is suspected to have been a factor in the crash, and the investigation is ongoing.

Highway fatalities in Tennessee, are up dramatically from year to year. Last year there were 288 highway deaths in the state. This year that number has risen to 305. There are a number of factors contributing to the increase, Department of Safety Deputy Commissioner, Larry Godwin told Channel 4 News. Speed is just one reason.

"You look at what's happening and you can almost look at DUI, alcohol, not being restrained, seat belt, you look at speed, texting, not paying attention," said Godwin.

The unusually warm weather also plays a role

"People like to get out of the house, cabin fever. I think we tend to get in a hurry," said Godwin.

One interesting number from the Department of Safety - crashes for people 65 and older are down significantly.

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