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Joelton man dies after hopping onto semi on I-40

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Posted at 1:57 PM, Oct 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-06 17:45:24-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Police identified the man who hopped onto the passenger side of a tractor-trailer while the vehicle was traveling on the interstate.

Metro police said the truck was traveling on Interstate 40 W. at 28th Avenue when 41-year-old Steven Carney, of Joelton, hopped on the truck.

The driver said Carney was standing on the interstate trying to stop vehicles. Police said the truck came to a complete stop, after which Carney jumped onto the truck, hung onto the mirror and tried to open the passenger door.

Police said the driver feared Carney's intentions and continued to drive at estimated speeds between 15 and 30 mph until he either fell or jumped off near Bellevue.

He was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center with a critical head injury but has since died.