Posted on Monday, November 17th, 2014
Two teenagers were killed while two others were seriously wounded when the SUV they rode in was struck by an oncoming semi-truck, WKRN-TV Nashville reported on November 3.
According to preliminary investigations made by the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the teenagers were headed northbound on Highway 109 when they tried to turn left at the flashing yellow light on the Old State Highway. The driver of the oncoming semi-truck, who was not injured, said it was too sudden for him to stop, and their vehicles collided.
Passengers 16-year-old Austin Osborne and 16-year-old Kayla Perdue were killed instantly upon contact. The 16-year-old driver, Justin Lemmonds Jr., and passenger 17-year-old Caitlyn Taylor were both taken to the Vanderbilt University Medical Center for treatment of their injuries.
Police authorities concurred with the driver of the semi-truck that the accident appeared to be unavoidable.
All four students were part of the Portland High School bowling team, and the school is currently grieving the deceased.