One killed in crash on Sam Cooper near Highland

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- One person was killed in a multi-vehicle crash on Sam Cooper near Highland Friday afternoon.

Three others were taken to the hospital, but are expected to be OK.

Three cars were spread across Sam Cooper eastbound lane. They were barely recognizable and crumbled into pieces.

The crash happened around 2:30 p.m. Friday.

"Worst accident I've ever seen. I just feel really bad for the victims and their families," Bonnie Stahl, who drove by the crash, said.

The wreck shut down all eastbound lanes on Sam Cooper for nearly four hours. Cops stood guard at the Highland on-ramp, not letting anyone by.

The crash caused traffic delays in the westbound lanes, too.

Drivers were forced to find detours during rush hour.

"There are two cars. One sideways. That one looks like it has been burned. It's pretty demolished, and then this SUV," driver Diane said. "I don't understand how they could wreck like that. I really don't understand it."

Investigators were asking the same thing Friday. They've yet to figure out what happened, who hit who, or why.

We watched as they spent hours collecting evidence, talking to witnesses, and retracing their steps.

Judging where they made marks with spray paint, it's likely one of the cars was in the westbound lane.

Sixty-seven-year-old Florence Calaway was prounounced dead when Memphis paramedics arrived on the scene. Police are not saying who else was involved in the wreck at this time.

Police are still putting together the accident report as of Friday night.

Check back with WREG for updates.

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