THP: Driver heading wrong way causes I-40 head-on collision

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A look at the tractor trailer accident that happened around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday near State Road 385.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Law enforcement has released new details after three overnight crashes shut down the westbound lanes of I-40 for several hours overnight.

The first accident happened around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday just west of I-269 and involved three vehicles.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol said one of the drivers, a 61-year-old Collierville man, died from his injuries.  A second driver was taken to the Regional Medical Center for treatment, while two others were uninjured.

According to reports, the 61-year-old was driving east in the westbound lanes at a high rate of speed when it struck the other two vehicles head on.

Several miles east, another car caught on fire near the 205/Airline Road exit around 1:30 a.m., followed by a multi-vehicle crash near mile marker 29 in Fayette County.

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