2 Truck Drivers Killed In Head On Collision After Trucker Crosses Median Of I-40

UPDATE: January 26, 2019 – Officials have now released the identities of the truckers killed in a multiple big rig crash on Thursday along Interstate 40.

Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) said a 2012 Kenworth tractor-trailer driven by 58-year-old Johnny F. Smith of Smyrna, TN, was traveling westbound on I-40 around mile marker 152 when the truck went off the roadway and struck a concrete barrier. Smith’s semi-truck then crossed over the median into the eastbound lane, and collided with the front end of a 2000 Volvo tractor-trailer driven by 44-year-old Muriz Smajic of Desplaines, IL.

Smith’s tractor-trailer came to a final rest with it’s cab facing northbound in the eastbound fast lane, and it’s trailer facing westbound in the eastbound fast lane. The tractor-trailer driven by Smajic came to a final rest facing eastbound in the slow lane.

One passenger was in critical condition following the crash. No update on the condition of the passenger has been made available at this time. A GoFundMe campaign was set up to help the family of Smajic.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.


(Original Report)

Bucksnort, Tennessee – Tennessee authorities confirm two truck drivers died and a passenger is in critical condition after the two big rigs collided head on Thursday morning along Interstate 40.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) said a tractor-trailer traveling westbound crossed over the median and into the eastbound lanes and struck head on with another big rig just after 6:30 a.m. The crash happened near Exit 152 for Bucksnort Road.

Images courtesy of the Tennessee Highway Patrol

Investigators are still trying to piece together what caused the truck driver to lose control and cross the median causing the fatal accident. The identities of the drivers have not yet been released.

Officials were able to reopen closed portions of I-40 shortly after 2:00 pm. Transportation Nation Network will continue to follow the story.

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