NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A wrong way driver was killed and the other driver was critically injured in a head-on collision on Interstate 40 west in Nashville on Tuesday morning.
Police said a black Kia SUV was traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes when it struck a Toyota van head-on around 2:30 a.m. near mile marker 201, just before the Charlotte Pike exit.
The woman driving the Kia, identified as 35-year-old Christie Lynn Martin, died at the scene. Martin was not wearing her seatbelt. The man driving the van, 50-year-old James Deng, was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center and is in stable condition.
Police do not believe alcohol, drugs, or speed played a factor in the crash.
Police shut down the westbound lanes of I-40 at White Bridge Road to Charlotte Pike while they investigated, but they reopened around 7 a.m.
Students in the Academy of Energy and Power at Maplewood are busy getting ready for next week's Project Expo and had the opportunity to show it off some of their projects to Tennessee Congressman Jim Cooper.