Police: 6 killed in highway wreck outside Chattanooga

(source: TDOT Smartway)

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – Police in southeastern Tennessee say six people have been killed in a nine-vehicle wreck on Interstate 75.

Chattanooga Police Department spokesman Kyle Miller says the accident happened around 7:10 p.m. Thursday on I-75 northbound near the suburb of Ooltewah.

He says investigators will be working overnight to determine the cause of the crash.

Police believe more than 15 people were involved; the exact number is still being determined because multiple groups were taken to local hospitals.

The identities of the victims were not immediately released.

Northbound lanes of I-75 were shut down after the accident and traffic was redirected. Police say the lanes were closed for about 12 hours.

Miller said on Friday morning that no further updates were immediately available.

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