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First responders remember fatal I-75 crash one year later

Saturday marks one year - since six people died in a car accident on 1-75 North near Ooltewah. Police say Benjamin Brewer rammed his 18-wheeler into a string of stopped cars near exit 11. He's charged with six counts of vehicular homicide and one count of driving under the influence. As Brewer awaits his November 8th trial date, first responders say they're still shaken by that day.


"I don't think we realized the scale of the incident," said Joel Morrison, a Tri-Community firefighter who was on the first engine to arrive at the scene. "We found out very quickly that we needed a lot more help than we were capable of."


When they arrived, crews found a car on fire - and people trapped in other cars.

"This was by far the worst incident since ive been in the fire department," said Josh Dover, Captain of the Tri-Cities Volunteer Fire Department. "I hope it will be the worst."


Dover says - he drives by the crash site almost every day and is reminded of June 25, 2015.

"We still struggle with it every day," said Dover. "But we've got a good support system."


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