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The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University

The Vanderbilt Hustler

The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University.
The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University

The Vanderbilt Hustler

The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University.

Car erupts in flames on Wedgewood Avenue

VUPD Sergeant Clark said that the accident has been extinguished.
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Andy Carr
A firefighter extinguishes a car lit on fire on Wedgewood Avenue and 10th Avenue S. (Hustler Staff/Andy Carr)

Around 11:50 a.m. CDT, a blue sedan erupted into flames on the corner of Wedgewood Avenue and 10th Avenue S. 

Andy Carr, a junior sportswriter for The Hustler, called 911 after witnessing the accident from his off-campus apartment. He stated that the driver stood without assistance on the sidewalk after evacuating the car. 

“We [Carr and his roommates] saw a car smoking and then shot up in flames and we heard a couple of explosions,” he said. “We at first thought it was a car bomb because it happened so fast and because of the noise, but it seemed just like an engine overheating.”

Carr said ambulances and fire trucks first arrived at the scene, followed by the Metro Nashville Police Department (MNPD) after the fire had already been put out. He also stated that a Vanderbilt University Police Department (VUPD) cruiser was present at the accident for a short time.

“The driver seemed to be an elderly woman and a charred wheelchair was pried from the trunk,” Carr said. “Nobody appeared to be hurt or taken away.”

According to VUPD Sergeant Clark, MNPD handled the incident.

“The fire has been put out,” he said.

Clark also stated that the cause of the fire is currently unknown.

This story will be updated as more information about the accident becomes available.

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About the Contributors
Rachael Perrotta, Senior Advisor
Rachael Perrotta ('24) is from Cranston, R.I., and is majoring in cognitive studies, communication of science and technology and political science in Peabody College. She was previously Editor-in-Chief and News Editor. If she's not pressing you for a comment, she's probably trying to convince you that she's over 5 feet tall, cheering on the Red Sox or wishing Nashville had a beach. She can be reached at [email protected].
Andy Carr, Former Assistant Sports Editor
Andy Carr ('22) was a student in the College of Arts and Science who studied economics with minors in business and computer science. In addition to writing, he enjoys running, playing golf and rooting for all D.C. sports. He can be reached at [email protected].
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