UPDATED: Fatal Hwy 76 Crash Claims One Life Near Springfield Early Sunday

THP Releases More Info Following Last Weeks Fatal Crash On Hwy 76

SPRINGFIELD TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – The Tennessee Highway Patrol is releasing more information following last Sunday’s fatal crash on Hwy 76 just outside Springfield.

According to the THP, James Wakefield, 26, of  Clarksville, TN died in the crash. According to the THP, preliminarily, Wakefield was the sole occupant and only victim in the crash.

According to the THP’s preliminary report, Wakefield was heading north on Oakland Rd towards Hwy 76 driving a 2014 Chevrolet Impala. As the Wakefield approached the (T) intersection at Hwy 76 he failed to stop at the stop sign. The Impala crossed over Hwy 76, left the roadway, went airborne, and struck a standing tree. The vehicle then rolled over onto the passenger side and caught fire past the treeline in a field.

The crash occurred on Hwy 76 and Oakland Rd just after 4 am. The call initially went out as a woods fire or “something on fire in the woods.” As first responders navigated the scene it became apparent that a vehicle had left the roadway, crashed, and ignited. (LOCATION OF CRASH)

The location of the crash caused some navigational issues for first responders, forcing them to drive through a field to access the scene.

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Fatal Hwy 76 Crash Claims One Near Springfield Early Sunday

SPRINGFIELD TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – A fiery crash just outside Springfield claimed one life early Sunday.

The crash occurred on Hwy 76 and Oakland Rd just after 4 am. The call initially went out as a woods fire or “something on fire in the woods.” As first responders navigated the scene it became apparent that a vehicle had left the roadway, crashed, and ignited in the woods. (LOCATION OF CRASH)

The location of the crash caused some navigational issues for first responders, forcing them to drive through a field to access the scene.

According to officials at the scene, one person lost their life in the crash.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol is leading the investigation. It will likely be Sunday evening or Monday before the name of the victim and cause of the crash is released to the media.

As soon as the THP is prepared to release more information, we will bring it to you.

The Greenbrier Fire Department, the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the Robertson County Sheriff’s Office, and Robertson County EMS all responded to the scene.

Around that same time, a vehicle flipped on I65 South near mile marker 120. MAP The driver was found by police injured walking minutes later.  Then, as crews were wrapping up, a call went out that a tractor-trailer was on fire on I65 South at mile marker 115. MAP Turned out to be a fire in the braking system and the driver has wisely unhooked the trailer. See photos from the Orlinda Fire Department below. By 8 am, I65 was clear and open. No injuries were reported.