UPDATE: Channel 3 sat down with the family of the man police say died in the deadly Highway 111 crash.

James Brumlow's wife Jamie tells us they'd been married for 10 years and share four kids together. Jamie says her husband loved his family more than anything. In fact, she says he told her that the night before he died. 

“We had so many plans, which was taken from me in an instant and me and his kids are left feeling empty and hollow.”

Jamie never thought she would be without her husband. He was an engineer who she describes as nerdy, goofy, supportive, and loving family man.

“I mean I’m breathing, but I don’t feel alive anymore,” said Jamie. “That was my life. That was my kids' life.”

Jamie says thinking about the crash is difficult. She says her husband left for work early Tuesday morning. Minutes later, she did the same. She says she drove a mile from their home before she saw police lights.

“There were cops, there were cars and I saw the car, but it was so mangled that I didn’t know it was him but my gut told me that was him. I wanted to get out and run over there, but I thought no, let me not think that way,” said Jamie. 

Concerned, Jamie immediately called her husband, but didn't get an answer.

“Finally his phone called and when I picked up I heard a woman’s voice and I knew that he was gone. It was a nurse from Erlanger. I asked her if he she could at least tell me if he was alive and all she told me was you need to get all of your family down here,” said Jamie.

Police say James died after a driver traveling the wrong way crashed and hit his car head-on.

“It was senseless. It was an avoidable thing. It should never happen to anybody, that should not happen to anybody ever,” said Jamie. “This will follow me, it will follow his kids, it will never go away.”

We’re told the driver of the other vehicle walked away from the crash, but has not been officially identified. Captain Jeff Gann with the Soddy Daisy Police Department says several charges are pending a blood test that was taken at the scene.

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PREVIOUS STORY: Soddy Daisy Police Department Capt. Jeff Gann tells Channel 3 that the driver of the car headed in the proper direction on Highway 111 has died as a result of the crash.

The driver of the vehicle that was traveling north in the southbound lanes walked away from the crash, according to Gann.


PREVIOUS STORY: Emergency crews spent the morning on the scene of a serious accident on Highway 111 South near the Dayton exit in Hamilton County.

At least two cars were involved in the crash that happened around 5:45 Tuesday morning.

Captain Jeff Gann with Soddy Daisy Police say a car was traveling north in the southbound lanes. It crashed with a car going in the correct direction. 

Life Force was called to the scene. One person taken to the hospital by ambulance.

One lane of traffic is open. This crash is under investigation by the Soddy Daisy Police. 

We'll continue to update this story as information comes into the newsroom.