One of the cars that was on the transport trailer is loaded onto a flatbed truck Wednesday morning.
MARION COUNTY, TN (WRCB) -
UPDATE: The Tennessee Highway Patrol has identified the man killed in a Wednesday morning wreck in Marion County as 32-year-old Matthew Ross Burke of Seymour, Indiana.
Preliminary investigation reports state that the semi was traveling west bound on Interstate 24 near mile marker 141. The driver attempted to negotiate a curve to the left and ran off the roadway on the right side. The vehicle overturned, losing part of its cargo before coming to rest on its wheels.
Investigators haven’t ruled out a possible mechanical error as a possible cause.
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PREVIOUS UPDATE: A tractor trailer overturned on westbound I-24 Wednesday. The 18-wheeler was hauling five other vehicles that also flipped into an embankment off the interstate.
Authorities were dispatched to mile marker 141 just after 4 a.m. EST for reports of a single vehicle crash with entrapment.
Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Terry Parker tells Channel 3 that a tractor trailer traveled outside of the right lane and likely tried to over correct on the slope before crashing.
THP spokesperson Sgt. Alan Bailey said it’s not clear if the driver fell asleep at the wheel checking or if the semi had mechanical failures.
The driver of the semi was not wearing his seat belt and died on impact. The passenger was the drivers wife, and was sleeping in the cab of the semi. Sgt. Bailey said she survived the crash, but was transported to Erlanger and treated for minor injuries.
Sgt. Bailey said the company involved is 5J Transport a company based out of Zion, Illinois.
Crews spent several hours working to clear debris and remove all five car.
Traffic was reduced to one lane on I-24 Westbound for a couple of hours. Wreckers have removed all five the cars, but are still working to pull the semi out of the embankment.
THP is leading the investigation, Sgt. Bailey said the driver's identity is not being released at this time.
PREVIOUS UPDATE: Drivers on I-24 West can expect periodic lane closures Wednesday morning while an earlier crash scene is cleared.
Early Wednesday, a semi carrying five cars overturned at mile marker 141, flipping into an embankment.
Saturday, October 21 2017 1:23 AM EDT2017-10-21 05:23:08 GMT
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