I-40 crash kills one, injures several others

By Lori Brown - bio | email

FAYETTE CO., TN (WMC-TV) - A crash on Interstate 40 killed at least one person and injured several others on Memorial Day.

Authorities responded to the westbound lanes of I-40 near mile marker 35.

The body of the passenger inside a BMW involved the crash remained stuck inside the car for hours until the coroner could arrive.  Moments before her death at 4:00 p.m. Monday, the car was going east on I-40 at the Somerville/Covington exit.  The car then crossed over the grassy median into westbound traffic and slammed into a black Toyota Camry.

"Sent it up in the air and it landed right there," said Shirley Bond, who witnessed the crash.  "I almost hit it, I had to swerve over."

Bond was headed to Memphis from Brownsville.

"Just a little shook up," Bond said.  "Other than that, I'm fine."

The driver of the BMW and the driver of the Camry were both air lifted to The MED in critical condition.  The passenger in the Camry was taken to the hospital by ambulance.

What made the car cross over into oncoming traffic was still a mystery to investigators Monday evening.  The crash sparked two more as everyone threw on their brakes.  Onlookers caused a third crash of the other side of the interstate.

Amber Mullins stopped to help.  She was on her way with her friends after spending the holiday weekend in Nashville.

"I'm thankful we were able to stop in time," Mullins said.  "It's a really bad wreck and I feel for the families involved."

Mullins said more than a dozen people stopped to help after the crash.

"There were paramedics and firefighters who happened to be driving on the road," Mullins said.

I-40 westbound was shut down for nearly three hours after the crash.  However, people stuck were more thankful than frustrated.

"I decided to take a walk because I've been stuck here for two hours," said Torji Smith.

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