KPD releases names of those involved in fatal I-40 accident

4:48 PM, Nov 28, 2011   |    comments
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Knoxville Police investigators have released the names of those involved in a fatal three-car accident on I-40 Saturday that left one person dead.

The accident happened on I-40 westbound just before noon on Saturday, at mile marker 395, east of the Holston River Bridge. 

Investigators said the driver of a BMW, Jerry McIver, III, 28, of Taylorsville, North Carolina, was traveling east when he crossed the median and traveled into the westbound lanes.  McIver was critically injured in the crash and is still being treated at UT Medical Center.

The BMW hit a Buick traveling west, driven by Mary Sanders, 75, of Tucker, Georgia.  She was killed in the crash.  Her husband, Jerry Sanders, 78, was a passenger in the car.  He was seriously injured and is still being treated at UT Medical Center.

After the two cars collided, the Buick then slammed into a semi-truck driven by Harjeet Singh, 31, of Fresno, California.  He was not injured. 

Investigators have not released what caused McIver's car to cross the median into oncoming traffic.

KPD said it appears that all occupants were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.

The interstate was shut down for hours after the accident.

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The Knoxville Police Department has confirmed that one person is dead and two others are injured after a wreck around 11:50 a.m. on Saturday.

According to Lt. Bradley Anders, a total of 3 vehicles and 4 passengers were involved in the crash.

Lt. Anders says that the driver of a Green BMW was traveling on I-40 East, when he or she crossed the median and hit a silver Buick.  After the BMW hit the Buick, the vehicle then collided with a semi-truck.

One of the drivers was killed, and another is in critical condition. The other driver was not injured. One of the passengers was also seriously injured.

KPD is not releasing any names at this time.

The interstate was finally re-opened around 4:45 p.m.

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The Tennessee Highway Patrol has confirmed that lanes on I-40 west are open again after a wreck on Saturday morning.

KPD is still continuing its investigation.

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Knoxville Police are still investigating a crash that happened at approximately 11:50 a.m.

Officers responded to a wreck with injury on I-40 west at mile marker 395, east of the Holston River Bridge.

A preliminary investigation shows the driver of a green BMW was traveling eastbound on I-40 when it crossed the median and struck a silver Buick that was traveling in the westbound lane.

After hitting the Buick, the BMW collided with a tractor trailer. The three people involved were injured and transported to UT Hospital for treatment.

According to TDOT's website eastbound traffic is backed up six miles from mile marker 395. It is estimated to be cleared by 4 p.m.

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There are now two eastbound lanes open after a crash at mile marker 396 on I-40. All westbound lanes remain blocked.

The incident is now expected to be cleared by 4 p.m.

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All westbound lanes are blocked after a crash on I-40.

According to TDOT it happened at mile marker 396 around 11:50 Saturday afternoon. All westbound lanes are blocked and eastbound lanes are affected with 2 lanes blocked and one lane open.

The wreck is expected to be cleared by 1 p.m.

Knoxville Police are unable to release any information on the  crash at this time.

We will have more information as it becomes available.

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