Police investigate deadly I-40 crash

Posted at 3:39 PM, Jun 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-18 20:40:36-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — One person was killed in a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 40 East in Nashville.

Officers responded to the crash on the off-ramp of I-40E at Exit 219 for Stewarts Ferry Pike and J. Percy Priest Dam Tuesday morning.

Officials say 47-year-old James Spence of Gallatin Tennessee died when the 2004 Ford Explorer he was driving left the roadway, traveled through a grassy area, and struck several trees. Spence, who was wearing his seatbelt, died at the scene.

According to a witness, Spence was traveling at a high rate of speed. There was no evidence at the scene of drug or alcohol involvement.

The ramp was blocked for a few hours while police investigated, but was reopened in the afternoon.