UPDATE: The Tennessee Highway Patrol has released the names of those involved in a deadly crash on I-24 in Marion County Friday morning.
According to the crash report, the driver of the semi that crossed the median was 54-year-old Chidule Jackson. Jackson collided head-on with another tractor-trailer that driven by 60-year-old Michael Lee Cardin.
Two other drivers were also involved. The report says 31-year-old Steven Rogers was injured. Forty-two-year-old Lonnie Alley was not injured.
The report says drug and alcohol tests have been requested to determine if Jackson was driving under the influence.
No charges are expected to be filed.
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PREVIOUS UPDATE: A semi, traveling eastbound on Interstate 24, crossed the median and went into oncoming traffic and slamming into a westbound semi.
The resulting crash caused a large fire and claimed two lives. Also involved were a third semi and an SUV.
The crash shut down the westbound lanes of I-24 in Marion County for several hours. Westbound lanes re-opened to traffic mid-afternoon Friday. Motorists may experience intermittent lane closures as crews work to clear the roadway.
According to officials, the crash happened at 2:30 a.m. central time Friday morning, near mile marker 165, west of the Georgia state line. At least one person is injured in addition to the two deaths.
The driver of the truck that reportedly crossed into oncoming traffic was driving a truck did not work for Knight Transportation, despite towing a trailer marked with the company's logo.
A spokesman for the Arizona-based trucking company said while the trailer belonged to Knight, but they were unaware of the driver or the truck's origin.
The trailer had been missing for about a week, the spokesman told Channel 3, and contained milk jugs.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol said that no hazardous material was aboard any of the vehicles.
Knight Transportation issued a statement Friday afternoon:
“Knight Transportation has been made aware of the tragic traffic accident that occurred near Chattanooga, Tennessee early this morning. We have learned that the independent motor carrier who was involved in the collision was towing a trailer owned by Knight Transportation. The driver involved in the collision was not employed by or performing work for Knight Transportation when the accident occurred. We are investigating this accident and gathering relevant facts. We wish to extend our thoughts and prayers to all of those involved in this unfortunate accident.”
The crash scene spanned about a quarter-mile stretch of I-24, and left some vehicles with smoke and fire damage. A total of 4 vehicles are involved, 3 semis and one car. Cranes were brought in to pull a semi off the road. The crash forced another semi went into a ditch on the side of the interstate. The Tennessee Highway Patrol says that I-59 in Dade County is also congested. Troopers diverted traffic onto Highway 41.