One person dead after collision at I-55, South Third involving a tanker truck

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A multiple-vehicle crash involving a tanker truck left one person dead and shut down the northbound lanes of I-55 early Monday morning.

According to authorities, the driver of a Honda Odyssey got on the interstate at Mallory going in the wrong direction and a tanker truck struck the vehicle head on. The impact caused a chain reaction crash involving several vehicles.

One driver who wanted to remain anonymous told WREG he narrowly avoided colliding with the driver of the Honda.

“All I have to do is take my eye off the road just for a second and we wouldn’t be having this conversation,” he said. “All I saw were headlights.”

Without a second to spare his experience as a truck driver for nearly 21 years kicked into high gear.

“I seen him coming towards me. And all I could do is just jerk the wheel to the left,” he recalled.

He was left startled, stunned, shocked and a little surprised, especially whent he driver of the van didn’t stop.

“It didn’t slow down,” he said. “It didn’t swerve, it didn’t do anything. It just kept going as if they were on a mission or something.”

Another tractor trailer was unable to avoid a collision. The driver of the Honda was pronounced dead.

This was not the first wrong-way crash this year to happen along I-55 near Brooks Road. Last month, police said Jalissa Elliott plowed into two vehicles, killing herself and another woman, and injuring a third person.

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