NASHVILLE, Tenn. –
A woman was killed after she struck another driver head-on on Interstate 40 when she entered the highway the wrong way. Westbound lanes of the interstate have been shut down between White Bridge Road and Charlotte Pike after the accident, which occurred at 2:35 a.m. Authorities told News 2 the woman entered I-40 west at Charlotte Pike, but was traveling eastbound and struck another vehicle head-on. The woman, who was driving a Kia Rhondo with Pennsylvania license plates, was killed in the collision. Authorities told News 2 the second vehicle, a Toyota Sienna, flew into the air upon impact, doing a complete 180-degree spin before landing. The driver of the Toyota, a male said to be in his 50s, had to be extricated from his car. He was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in extreme critical condition. Officials stated the man was conscious and talking when they arrived; however, his injuries are quite severe. Dwayne Roberts witnessed the crash and told News 2 he was driving next to the Toyota. He pulled off to the right side of roadway when he saw the oncoming vehicle, but said it happened too fast for the Toyota to do the same. “It was pretty scary. Before I could react, it was already too late,” Roberts said. District Fire Chief George Hickey stated that in his 37 years of work, this is the most violent crash he has seen. Crews do not expect the roadway to reopen until 7 a.m. Westbound traffic on I-40 is being diverted to White Bridge Road. Drivers can re-enter the interstate at Charlotte Pike. Eastbound traffic is affected with rubbernecking delays.
Police stated speed does not appear to be a factor in the crash, and, pending a medical examiner’s report, alochol does not seem to have a played a role.