UPDATE: Investigators are working to learn more about an accident that killed one and sent another to the hospital around 4 a.m. Sunday. 

East Ridge Police say a driver was headed in the wrong direction in the Westbound lanes on I-24 when he hit a woman head-on, near the Germantown Road exit. 

Dispatch received multiple calls from concerned drivers about the car traveling in the wrong lane.

Before authorities could find the driver, he slammed into another car head-on, instantly killing a woman who was driving in the westbound lane. 

"Ended up having to stabilize one of the vehicles, cut one of the drivers out, and transported them to Erlanger," said Clint Uselton, Asst. Chief of East Ridge Police. 

The suspect was taken to the hospital. His car was hiked up on the concrete barrier separating the east and westbound lanes. 

East Ridge Police along with other emergency crews were on the scene for five hours working to clear up the accident. 

"It's a time-intensive operation working these," Uselton told Channel 3. 

The closest exit from the scene of the accident that the driver could have entered from is off Fourth Avenue. At the very least, the suspect drove two miles in the wrong direction before hitting the woman head-on. 

"You're operating a very [big] piece of equipment that can obviously injure or kill other people. It's your job to pay attention to what you're doing," said Uselton. 

Investigators are waiting to release both driver's names until their families have been notified. 

It is unknown what injuries the suspect is dealing with at Erlanger Hospital. Uselton says investigators are working to find out what caused him to go the wrong way. 


PREVIOUS STORY: East Ridge Police tell Channel 3 a man, driving the wrong way on the interstate, crashed into another vehicle killing a woman inside. 

 

It happened around 3:45 Sunday morning near mile marker 183. 

The interstate was shut down for several hours. 

The scene is clear and interstate is back open at this time. 

The names of those involved has not been released. 

It's unclear if the man will face charges. 

Stay with Channel 3 for updates on this story. 


TDOT is now estimating the interstate to remain shut down until 7 AM. 

Channel 3 has a crew enroute and will provide live updates throughout Eyewitness News Weekend Today. 

Stay with Channel 3 for updates on this story. 


Interstate 24 is shut down at mile marker 183 due to a crash involving multiple vehicles. 

The crash with injuries was reported Sunday at 3:45 AM. 

The westbound lanes are shut down. 

TDOT estimates the scene to be clear by 6:00 AM. 

Stay with Channel 3 for updates on this story.