Memphis Man Struck, Killed On Interstate 24E In Antioch
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Police have identified the man who was killed when he was struck by three cars after his car broke down on the side of the interstate on Wednesday night.
Police said 39-year-old Richard H. Blow, of Memphis, had pulled over on the right shoulder of Interstate 24 eastbound between Bell Road and Hickory Hollow Parkway around 11:25 p.m. Police said his he walked a short distance from his vehicle when he struck first by a Ford Econoline van, then a Freightliner truck, and a Kia car.
An officer had stopped to check on the pickup truck on the side of the roadway when he heard the crash.
Police said while this is tragic, it could have been prevented if people stayed in their car when they have car trouble.
"If the situation presents itself where you're broken down and you can't get off the interstate, turn your hazards on (and) call (615)862-8600 and let them know that you're broken down and we'll send out a police officer to assist or TDOT can also respond to assist," said Metro Police Captain Kenneth Walburn. "Try and get to the right side of the shoulder, pull as far off the roadway as you can."
The other motorists were not hurt, and no charges are anticipated.
The roadway was closed until 5 a.m. while police worked to clear the scene.