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Fatal Wreck Shuts Down Part Of Interstate 40


LEBANON, Tenn. - A five car wreck shut down all lanes but one on Interstate 40 east in Lebanon Wednesday afternoon.

Investigators with the Tennessee Highway Patrol said a jeep driven by 19-year-old Cody Ingram of Lebanon crossed the median on I-40, and hit two vehicles going the other direction.

The THP said the driver of the first vehicle hit, John Ray, survived. The driver of the second car hit, 23-year-old Brian Ralls, died.

Two people were ejected from a car, and rescue crews took four people to the hospital. Ingram is in the hospital in serious condition.

The wreck happened at mile marker 229 between the Beckwith Road and Highway 109 interchanges. Police had asked travelers to avoid the area.

Traffic was detoured. Drivers used Lebanon Road (Highway 70) or Central Pike as alternate routes.

According to Tennessee Department of Transportation, all lanes were re-opened around 2 p.m.

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