UPDATE: The Tennessee Highway Patrol has issued a preliminary crash report. It states 82-year-old John Nagata from Huntsville, Alabama was traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 24 around 5 o'clock Sunday morning near the 135 mile marker when his vehicle struck a minivan head-on. Nagata did not survive.
The minivan, with Wisconsin plates, was carrying a 29-year-old male driver and four passengers; a 36-year-old woman, a 17-year-old girl, a nine-year-old boy, and six-year-old girl. The 36-year-old woman was ejected from the van on impact into a grass median. She was wearing a seat belt. Both the woman and three other passengers sustained injuries, although the extent of those injuries are unknown. The driver was not injured.
State troopers say a third vehicle, a tractor trailer, was also involved in the accident. The driver was not injured.
The accident is still under investigation.
An early morning crash on I-24 eastbound at Exit 134 and 135 on Monteagle Mountain caused the interstate to shut down in both directions.
According to the Grundy County Herald, a multi-car accident occurred when one vehicle going the wrong way slammed head on into a tractor trailer.
A family in a SUV was trapped inside their vehicle, Monteagle Fire Department used the Jaws of Life to get the family out.
Three Life Force helicopters were on the scene in addition to ambulances.
According to Grundy County Sheriff's Office Facebook page, I-24 is open east and westbound.