MEMPHIS, Tenn.– One person is dead following a fiery crash on Interstate 40 in Fayette County Wednesday afternoon.

A deadly crash involving two tractor-trailers put traffic at a standstill in both directions for several hours as people tried to head home for the holidays.

Fayette County EMA said the two commercial vehicles collided at mile marker 43. According to TDOT, the crash was reported just after 1 p.m.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol confirmed at least one person died in the crash. They have yet to comment on what caused the crash, or the extent of any other injuries. 

Bryce Cox was driving down I-40 eastbound when he took these photos. It appears one truck crossed the median and hit another head-on before bursting into flames.

“About a mile from it, I could see there wasn’t any traffic headed west and that’s when the smoke turned black,” Cox said. “The one that was headed eastbound, when he hit the westbound truck, he dislodged his trailer. His trailer was disconnected from his truck.”

The highway shut down in both directions for hours before the eastbound side reopened. However, between the delays and the extra people on the road for the holiday, traffic moved slowly.

Bryce said after seeing this accident the day before Thanksgiving, he wants to remind people to slow down and be safe.

“If you’re late, the people waiting on you would rather have you there and be late than not have you at all,” he said.