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Alcohol may be involved in a fiery two-vehicle crash on Interstate 40 in Knoxville last Friday. Five people were injured.
Witnesses told police that Oliver Butler, 64, of Rockwood, was traveling westbound on I-40 when he swerved across the median and his GMC van became airborne.
They said it landed on a Mercedes SUV, then overturned and caught fire.
Passersby who pulled Butler from the vehicle said they smelled alcohol, and officers found beer cans inside and outside the van.
Knoxville police reported that Butler was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center, along with the four occupants of the SUV: Michelle Whittlet and Bryan Whittlet and children Megan Whittlet, 9, and Luke Whittlet, 8, all from Simpsonville, Ky.
Their conditions were unavailable.
Charges are pending.