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Police seek to ID one who died in fiery I-65 crash

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Posted at 7:19 PM, Jul 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-30 14:38:17-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The identity of a person who died in a fiery crash on I-65 South Monday night is unknown, as police try to identify the body.

Police believe the person who died to be a woman. The investigation shows that a Lexus SUV had stopped in the second from the left lane on I-65 South near Briley Parkway, for unknown reasons.

The Lexus was then struck by a Nissan Maxima, which ended up in a ditch to the right of the interstate. The Lexus, still in the travel lane, was later hit by a tractor trailer, sending it spinning down the interstate before it came to a stop and then caught fire. The tractor trailer went across all lanes, clipping another tractor trailer and then coming to rest, blocking all lanes.

The driver of the first tractor trailer told police he swerved left in an attempt to avoid striking the Lexus.

The incident happened around 7 p.m. Monday at mile marker 91.

The driver of the Lexus SUV died at the scene.

The Lexus fire caused the body of the victim to be burned beyond recognition. The heat from the blaze also melted the license and VIN plates on the vehicle, rendering them unreadable.

Based on vehicle parts found at the scene, police believe the Lexus to have been white in color.

Anyone who may have information as to the potential identity of the victim in this crash is asked to call the Emergency Communications Center at (615) 862-8600.

The roadway reopened early Tuesday morning.