NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A fatal crash closed the westbound lanes of Interstate 24, headed out of Nashville toward Clarksville, for almost five hours before the Tennessee Department of Transportation re-opened the interstate around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Later Tuesday afternoon police released the identities of the three people involved in the deadly crash.
Just after 2:30 a.m. at exit 35 near Joelton, police originally thought a Nissan Altima, driven by 33-year-old Kelly Beard, was traveling the wrong way down the interstate and collided with a Chevy Trailblazer driven by 45-year-old Johnny Kindle of Clarksville.
Then around 6:30 a.m., police said they couldn't actually be sure which vehicle was traveling the wrong way.
Metro Police said the impact killed Beard of Bettendorf, Iowa, and split the Altima she was driving in half. Beard's husband and passenger Mark McQuate, 45, survived and was last listed in critical condition at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Kindle was not seriously injured. Metro police also said that Kindle might have been drinking. Also a small amount of marijuana was found on the passenger floor board of the Altima.
Authorities said they would be trying to figure out exactly which vehicle was traveling down the wrong side of the interstate.
Early Tuesday morning, westbound traffic was detoured for about five miles around the crash site in northwestern Davidson County.