Woman jumps off I-40 bridge in Tennessee while holding child

Woman jumps off I-40 bridge in Tennessee while holding child
(Source: WAVE 3 News)

MADISON COUNTY, Tenn. (WMC) - Investigators said a 24-year-old woman jumped from a bridge onto I-40 in Tennessee while holding a child.

Early Monday morning, Madison County sheriff’s deputies said they responded to a vehicle crash at a Shell gas station on Law Road, just south of I-40 exit 93.

When deputies were headed that way, dispatch received several more calls reporting a female driver tried to hit a gas pump at the Shell station, then got out of the car with a small child. They began walking toward the I-40 exit 93 overpass, then disappeared.

Minutes later, dispatch received another call from a truck driver saying a large object fell from the bridge and hit his truck while he was traveling westbound on I-40 near exit 93.

Deputies found the two dead on the roadway when they arrived on the scene. The woman was identified as 24-year-old Tonisha Lashay Barker. The identity and age of the child have not been released.

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