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I-65 N in Nashville reopens following deadly crash

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Posted at 9:38 AM, Dec 14, 2021

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Two lanes of Interstate 65 North in Nashville have reopened after several hours of being closed due to a deadly crash.

The crash was reported around 8:30 a.m. near the Interstate 40 split at mile marker 82. It caused heavy traffic and delays for morning commuters.

Traffic in the area was being diverted to I-440 and Exit 81 at Wedgewood Avenue while crews worked to clear the crash scene.

Metro police said Kendre Howard, 33 was driving a Ford Flex when he lost control of the vehicle while on the I-65 S. ramp from I-40 E. Police said he crossed the grass median, the vehicle went airborne then struck a Buick Regal.

The impact of the crash caused both vehicles to collide with a tractor-trailer. The driver of the Buick, 53-year-old Tony Whitlow, of Brentwood, was killed in the crash.

Police suspect Howard was driving under the influence at the time of the crash. He was taken to a hospital to be treated for minor injuries. After he is released, Metro police said Howard will be charged with vehicular homicide by intoxication, aggravated assault by reckless conduct and driving on a revoked license.