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Sunday crash on Hwy. 109 kills one

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A five-vehicle, Mother's Day crash on Hwy. 109 in Wilson County killed one passenger and stopped traffic in both directions for several hours on the busy state route.

According to the preliminary report from Tennessee Highway Patrol, a slowed vehicle heading northbound was preparing to turn onto Burton Road which started a chain reaction when a trailing vehicle slammed into the back of the cars behind.

Sergio Lopez, 28, of Gallatin, was killed when the vehicle he was traveling in was struck from behind, forcing it into the oncoming lane of traffic.

A Chevy Cavalier rear-ended the back of the vehicle Lopez was traveling as it was slowing behind a third and fourth vehicle, which was preparing to turn onto Burton Rd.

After the Cavalier struck the back of the commerical vehicle, the vehicle crossed the center line and collided head-on with a southbound tractor trailer, driven by Gerold Lee Yates, 50, of Franklin, Indiana, killing Lopez.

After the collision, the Cavalier and tractor trailer went off the right side of the roadway, coming to rest in an open field.

The drivers of Lopez's vehicle, a 17-year-old Gallatin juvenile, and tractor trailer were not injured. However, the driver of the Cavalier, Edgar Franco, 29, and passenger, Yesenia Perez, 23, both of Lafayette, were injured. No one else was injured in the accident.

The report stated that criminal charges were pending, but there was no evidence drugs or alcohol played a role in the accident.

Lopez was reportedly not wearing his seatbelt, but investigators said it would not have made a difference in the crash.

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