Deadly Motorcycle Crash Closes Major Seymour Highway

Deadly Motorcycle Crash Closes Major Seymour Highway Info
SEYMOUR, Tenn. β€” A multi-vehicle crash involving a motorcycle left at least one person dead and closed Chapman Highway in Seymour for over an hour on Thursday evening, according to local officials.

The Seymour Volunteer Fire Department reported the crash happened on the northbound side of Chapman Highway near Macon Lane. The department advised drivers to seek alternate routes as emergency responders worked the scene.

Mark Nagi, community relations officer for the Tennessee Department of Transportation, confirmed the crash involved a motorcycle. Nagi said the highway was closed as of 5:45 p.m. while the Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated the crash.

Details about the cause of the crash or the identity of the victim were not immediately released. According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, per vehicle mile traveled, motorcyclists are 28 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a crash.

In 2020, 5,579 motorcyclists died in crashes across the U.S., accounting for 14% of all traffic fatalities that year while motorcycles only made up 3% of all registered vehicles, according to the NHTSA. Tennessee ranked 16th in the nation for motorcyclist deaths per capita in 2020.

Officials cautioned drivers and motorcycle riders to be extra vigilant on roadways and be aware of risks associated with operating any vehicle. For the latest traffic conditions, visit statewide webcams..

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