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Man Killed In I-40 West Wreck Identified

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Police have identified the man who was killed in a six-vehicle crash that blocked traffic on I-40 west during Tuesday morning rush hour.

Alva Raleigh Flint, 77, was an employee of Harbert Hills Academy in Savannah. Police said he had just picked up a Japanese exchange student from the airport when the crash occurred.

Traffic had been stopped or slowed down around 8:30 a.m. following a wreck about a mile ahead that had blocked several lanes. Police said Flint was driving a Saturn and was slowing or stopped when it was struck from behind by a 2006 Nissan Frontier pickup truck, causing a series of chain reaction collisions involving a total of six vehicles.  Flint died at the scene. 
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His passenger, Yuna Asakawa, was the only person sent to a hospital. He was taken to Vanderbilt Medical Center with non-critical injuries.

Investigators said they did not find any pre-impact tire marks indicative of braking from the Nissan Frontier.

The driver, 29-year-old Matthew Corn, of Madison, Alabama, reported that his brakes did not appear to be functioning normally. 

The truck was impounded and will be inspected for defects. 

Police said a decision on any criminal charges will be made in consultation with the District Attorney's Office when the investigation is complete.

All lanes were blocked following the crashes but were cleared by 12:15 p.m.

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