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Police search for answers in deadly weekend traffic crash

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Police are searching for the driver of a motorcycle believed to be involved in a Sunday morning accident that left four people dead.

According to police, a Jeep Cherokee was heading westbound on 1-40 early Sunday morning with four people inside.  Investigators believe the group may have been heading out for the remainder of the night.

Witnesses told police that just before the North Watkins overpass, a motorcycle suddenly swerved, cutting the Jeep off.  Investigators believe the move may have caused the driver of the Jeep to lose control.

Monday, at the site of the accident, motorists could still see where the guardrail was destroyed when the Jeep slammed into it.  The Jeep then went over a hill and flipped down an embankment onto North Watkins, nearly 25 feet below.

All four people in the Jeep died on scene.

Under the overpass Monday afternoon, blue medical gloves and broken glass still covered North Watkins.

Police say am investigation is still underway, but that the case is classified as a one-vehicle accident, not a hit-and-run. Investigators say they would like to speak with the motorcycle rider, but that he or she likely won't face any charges.

All four bodies have been sent to the medical examiner for an autopsy.  Investigators hope lab results might help explain how the driver lost control so badly.

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