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I-81 head-on crash kills two drivers

Staff report • Jul 15, 2019 at 9:42 AM

FALL BRANCH — Two men were killed in a Sunday afternoon crash on Interstate 81 after one of the motorists crossed the median and entered oncoming lanes of travel.

The head-on crash occurred near Fall Branch in Washington County. According to a preliminary report from the Tennessee Highway Patrol, William Ruckelshaus, 78, of Sweetwater Tennessee, was northbound in a 2003 Toyota Tacoma.

Ruckelshaus' truck went across the median and into southbound lanes, striking a 2019 Kia Forte driven by Stephen Daniel Green, 67, of Boston Massachusetts. Both men were killed, and were the only occupants of their vehicles. A THP investigation is continuing.

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