I-24 traffic stalls after dump truck, SUV collide - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

I-24 traffic stalls after dump truck, SUV collide


Traffic was backed up for miles in both directions after a multi-vehicle wrecked resulted in the westbound lanes being closed and an eastbound lane blocked on Interstate 24 in Rutherford County Tuesday.

Sgt. Scott Miller with the Tennessee Highway Patrol said just before 3 p.m., a dump truck and an Acura SUV were both traveling eastbound on I-24. The dump truck moved into the SUV's lane.

Both the car and the dump truck went off the road, flipped several times and came to rest in the median near mile marker 72.

The dump truck was carrying sand, which spilled.

The driver of the dump truck was taken to StoneCrest Medical Center in Smyrna, then flown to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He is in critical condition.

The driver of the SUV is at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital and is also in critical condition.

Miller said investigators are trying to determine what caused the dump truck to move into the SUV's lane. Alcohol, drugs or cell phones did not appear to play a part in this crash.

The THP continues to investigate the crash.

I-24 is expected to be cleared by 5:30 p.m.

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