NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Three people were killed and one other critically injured in a crash on Interstate 40 Thursday.
It happened around 4 p.m., closing all eastbound lanes near mile marker 200 off Charlotte Pike. Metro Police say a landscaping truck crashed into a semi-trailer crashed that had pulled onto the shoulder. The truck then caught fire.
Nashville Fire crews put out the blaze and helped the trapped victims. Truck passengers 32-year-old Abraham Carranza-Martinez and 36-year-old Adrian Ramos-Arista died at the scene.
The truck's other passenger, 18-year-old Ignacio Fuenes, and driver, 31-year-old William Lopez-Cruz, were taken to Vanderbilt with life-threatening injuries. Fuenes died in the hospital, and Lopez-Cruz remains in critical condition.
Metro Police say Lopez-Cruz was the only one wearing a seatbelt.
The semi's driver was not injured.
Metro Police say a toxicology test will be done to see if alcohol or drugs played a factor.
BREAKING: I-40 east is closed & traffic is being diverted onto Old Hickory Blvd in West Nashville due to a double-fatality crash involving a lawn truck that collided with the rear of a semi. 2 occupants of the lawn truck were killed; 2 others were seriously hurt. pic.twitter.com/JJj8wmKoJp— Metro Nashville PD (@MNPDNashville) March 11, 2021