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Identities Released Of 4 Killed After Semi Strikes Cow On I-40

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HENDERSON COUNTY, Tenn. – The Tennessee Highway Patrol has released the identities of four people killed after a semi-truck struck a cow on Interstate 40 in Henderson County, crossed the median and plowed into oncoming traffic.

Two people inside the semi were killed. They have been identified as the driver, 49-year-old Rodney Price from North Carolina, and 45-year-old Brian Lederer from Woodlawn, Virginia. Price was not wearing a seatbelt.

Also killed were two people traveling eastbound in a Chevrolet Trailblazer, identified as 41-year-old Deborah Whitelow and 22-year-old Trarell Robinson. Both were from Ripley, Tennessee in Lauderdale County.

Officials said a third passenger in the SUV, 22-year-old Avery Blue from Ripley, was hurt. The extent of her injuries was not available.

Whitelow was wearing a seatbelt, but Robinson and Blue were not.

An eastbound semi-truck was also involved in the crash. The driver, 61-year-old Marek Wisniewski from Toronto, Ontario was not injured. He was wearing a seatbelt.

Highway patrol spokeswoman Dalya Qualls said the Price was heading eastbound on I-40 in Henderson County Tuesday around 10 p.m. when he struck a cow that had wandered into the roadway near the 109 mile marker.

Price lost control of the semi and went into the median. The truck then slid into westbound lanes of traffic, striking the SUV driven by Whitelow and the other tractor-trailer.

The interstate was shut down for several hours, but it reopened early Wednesday.

The crash follows an earlier incident on westbound lanes in Williamson County when a tractor trailer caught fire. The incident happened at 5 p.m. and the scene was not cleared until after 10 p.m.

(The Associated Press Contributed To This Report.)

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