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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — One person died in a car crash in Memphis early Sunday morning, police said.

Six other people involved were also hurt.

The driver police said caused the crash, Ambra Butler, 26, was arrested and faces multiple charges.

The crash happened on 1-40 near Hollywood Street at about 3:30 a.m.

Four vehicles were involved, police said.

Investigators learned Butler was driving in the wrong direction and hit a second vehicle head-on, knocking it into a third vehicle and then into a fourth vehicle.

One of the people in the second car died on the scene, police said. Police identified her as Barbra Mason, 62.

Memphis Fire rescued a 42-year-old passenger from that same car. That passenger and that car’s driver were both transported to Regional Medical Center in critical condition.

Another passenger in that car was taken to the hospital in noncritical condition.

A 24-year-old passenger in the third vehicle is also in critical condition but drove herself to the hospital. A 7-year-old in that car is now at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital but is not in critical condition.

Emergency crews pulled Butler from her vehicle and transported her to Regional Medical Center in noncritical condition, police said.

When looking for identification, officers found what they later confirmed to be marijuana, codeine, a glass pipe and a bottle of whiskey.

Butler was charged several drug charges as well as seven counts of aggravated assault, aggravated vehicle homicide, driving on divided highways, DUI, public intoxication, reckless driving and two counts of vehicle assault.

The driver of the third vehicle, Antonio Miller, 24, was charged with driving on a suspended license and violation of financial responsibility.

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