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Multi-Vehicle Crash Tuesday on I-24 at the I-65 Split Claims Tennessee Woman

2/23/2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The woman killed just after 10 a.m. Tuesday when her vehicle was rear ended while she was in slow moving traffic on I-24 East at the I-65 North split is identified as Lois Mader, 59, of Ten Mile, Tennessee.

The preliminary investigation shows that the driver of a semi, Alexandre Koul, 65, was taking the I-24 east split onto I-65 north and did not apply his brakes prior to colliding with the rear of a Nissan Armada which then collided with Mader’s vehicle, a 2020 Jeep Wrangler. The Wrangler then collided with a pickup truck and a second semi. Mader died at the scene. There were no other life-threatening injuries.

Koul, of West Palm Beach, Florida, reported that he had made a lane change just prior to the collision but did not offer an explanation as to why he did not reduce his speed as he approached traffic, which was at a near standstill.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol will conduct an inspection of Koul’s semi for mechanical issues. The District Attorney’s Office will be consulted on charges at the conclusion of the investigation.

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