The Tennessee Highway Patrol says an 18-year-old male motorist said his brakes failed before his pickup truck collided with a church van that sent 14 people to area hospitals. The wreck happened on Highway 30 in McMinn County at about 9 a.m. on Thursday, July 9, according to the Daily Post Athenian.

Van and Pickup Collide

The church van was en route to Chattanooga’s Creative Discovery Museum from Zion Hill Baptist Church in Englewood. There were 11 children in the van, ranging in age from four to eight years-of-age. A 61-year-old man from Etowah drove the van. Authorities say that the van hit the pickup truck on the driver’s side.

Eleven Children Taken to Hospitals

Emergency personnel transported all 11 children to area hospitals. One went to University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, while the other ten went to Etowah’s Starr Regional Center. The van’s driver also went to Starr Regional. A 27-year-old female passenger in the pickup required airlifting to UT Medical Center. The driver required transport to the Athens campus of Starr Regional. Later, he transferred to UT Medical Center.

Motorist Cited

A spokesman for the Tennessee State Patrol said that the driver of the car would receive a citation for failing to properly maintain his vehicle. Authorities state that everyone involved in the two-vehicle wreck was wearing a seat belt.

Although the investigation into to this accident is ongoing, Tennessee state law allows those injured in certain crashes to seek compensation in civil court. It is necessary to reasonably assert that negligent conduct led to the injuries. In some cases, a failure to properly maintain a vehicle constitutes evidence of negligence.

If you or a family member suffers injury in a crash, it is possible to discuss the matter with Nashville accident lawyers. Our firm provides this consultation without charge of obligation. To ask your questions, or to schedule a consultation, please contact us.