MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Two people are dead and a child injured in two separate car crashes on Interstate 40 near Covington Pike Friday.

Memphis Police responded to a multi-vehicle collision on I-40 westbound near Covington Pike just before 8 p.m., where one person was pronounced dead on the scene. Police said a second person later died as as result of their injuries.

The second accident happened a short time later on the same stretch of highway. A child was transported to LeBonheur Children’s Hospital in critical condition following the two-vehicle crash.

Drivers are advised to find an alternate route at this time.