Tenn. wrecks kill 5; rainy weather blamed

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Authorities say a series of Tennessee wrecks today likely caused by rainy weather have killed at least five people.

Three people were killed in a wreck on the Oak Ridge Turnpike -- also called state Highway 95 -- just after 1 p.m. Eastern.

The accident closed the western portion of the highway.

A 20-year-old woman from Hickman County was killed this morning on I-40 westbound near the line of Humphreys and Hickman counties.

Traffic was slowing down for a minor crash when a woman in a car rear-ended a tractor-trailer.

Her car was then rear-ended by another truck, which ended up on top of the car and both caught fire.

In Nashville, a woman was killed this afternoon on I-65 northbound when her minivan went out of control in the rain, struck a retaining wall and then another vehicle.

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