Deadly multi-vehicle crash causes delays on I-40 in Putnam County

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Posted at 4:13 PM, Nov 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-10 20:02:51-05

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A portion of Interstate 40 in Putnam County was temporarily shut down on Wednesday afternoon following a deadly multi-vehicle crash.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol said a vehicle driving eastbound hit a cable barrier, went across the median and into oncoming traffic in the westbound lanes. The vehicle then hit two other vehicles head-on.

THP said Brenda Avery, 53, was killed in the crash and four others were hurt, including a 3-year-old. Avery was driving one of the vehicles that was hit head-on.

The crash shut down all the westbound lanes near mile marker 298, which is west of Monterey, but as of 4:50 p.m., all lanes have reopened.