UPDATE: 3 victims killed in collision between train, car in McMinn Co. Thursday identified

Tennessee Highway Patrol Lt. John Harmon says a small blue car heading north on Highway 11 tried to cross the tracks Thursday afternoon. (Image: WTVC)

UPDATE (Friday, 8:30 a.m.):

Our sister station WATE-TV in Knoxville confirmed the identities of the victims from the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP)

Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) identified the victims as 45-year-old Wendy Humphreys of Chattanooga, 46-year-old Johnny Ashworth of Chattanooga, and 17-year-old Jasmine Ashworth of Calhoun, Georgia.

The THP says the car slid off the tracks and into the grass, landing on its top. All of the victims had to be cut from the vehicle.

Investigators say the car was crossing the tracks on a private road where there are no lights or crossing arms.

NewsChannel 9 reached out to the Federal Railroad Administration. Senior Public Affairs Specialist Warren Flatau tells us there are no records of any other collisions happening at that specific crossing, going back to 1975.

Depend on us to keep you posted.

UPDATE (8:45 p.m.):

In a live news conference, Tennessee Highway Patrol Lieutenant John Harmon provided new details in the deadly train crash in McMinn County.

Lt. Harmon says a small blue car heading north on Highway 11 tried to cross the tracks Thursday afternoon. That's when a Norfolk Southern train with three engines and 40 cars hit the vehicle.

Harmon says three passengers were killed.

We do not yet know the identities of the victims, but authorities do not believe they are from the area.

You can watch Harmon's full statement below.

Depend on us to keep you posted as we learn more.

UPDATE (7:45 p.m.):

Three people have been killed in a single car after a collision between the vehicle and a train in McMinn County, the Tennessee Highway Patrol confirmed Thursday.

Tennessee Highway Patrol spokesman John Harmon says the families of the victims have not yet been notified about the crash.

Depend on us to keep you posted.


Tennessee Highway Patrol officers, McMinn County sheriff's deputies, and rural fire and rescue teams are on the scene of a collision between a train and a car on Highway 11 Thursday afternoon.

Sheriff Joe Guy says the crash happened just north of Calhoun.

The medical examiner has arrived. NewsChannel 9's Mariah Rock is on the scene, where two ambulances have left.

The sheriff's office is advising drivers to avoid the area, and says traffic delays are possible.

Depend on us to update this developing story.

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