One person dead, several others, including child, injured in South Memphis crash


MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A three-vehicle crash in South Memphis left one person dead and several others, including a child, injured.

According to reports, six ambulances were called to the area of Third Street and Essex Avenue after the crash around 7 a.m. Tuesday. One person was pronounced dead on the scene while three adults were transported to the hospital in critical condition. A male child was transported from the scene and is expected to be okay.

Alexander Thompson told WREG’s Jerrita Patterson that the sound from the crash was so loud it woke him out of a deep sleep Tuesday morning. Looking outside, his worst fears were confirmed.

“It’s non-stop traffic. Zoom, zoom, zoom, zoom, zoom,” he said.

It was a chain-reaction crash that Dietrick Smith said he dnarrowly escaped.

“It was very scary to watch a car come down the wrong side of the street going 80,” he said.

He said his first reaction was to help others who were trapped, including the small child.

“I would give her about four months, I guess. She was small. She was in her car seat and then the guy behind her – who was sitting beside her – was thrown to the front seat. So it was a blessing for the baby,” he said.

Neighbors said the crash could have easily been much worse.

“Thank God it wasn’t busier or later because there would have been more casualties than what there is now,” said Thompson.

The cause of the crash has not been determined.

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