Fatal Weekend Accident on Governor John Sevier Highway

Friday evening emergency crews rushed to the scene of a head-on collision. Just after 6 p.m at the intersection of Governor John Sevier Highway onto Austin Park Lane, a car crashed into a Nissan being driven by Ben Woodruff with his two children, 6-year-old Ethan and 6-year-old Kathleen, situated in the backseat.

Scott Spangler, the driver of the other vehicle, was driving west on the highway when he crossed the center line and collided with Woodruff's car. The Nissan spun out of control and was then hit by a van.

Woodruff died on the scene of the accident while his two children suffered serious injuries. The driver and passengers of the van were also hurt, as was Spangler. Troopers suspect that Spangler was on drugs at the time of the accident and is being tested for both drugs and alcohol and will likely face charges for the accident.

The Woodruffs were on their way home and just minutes away when the accident occurred. Neighbors were shocked to hear about the fatal car wreck.

In 2012 there were an estimated 1,014 fatal car accidents in the state of Tennessee which was a 1.8% increase from 2011.

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