Driver Charged In Crash On Interstate 40 West

Posted at 5:18 PM, May 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-15 15:38:50-04

A single-vehicle crash on Interstate 40 shut down two lanes of traffic, and the driver has been charged.

Authorities said the wreck happened in the westbound lanes of the interstate near miler marker 222 in Davidson County around 5:06 p.m. Saturday.

A preliminary report stated the driver of a 2011 Mercedes, identified as 37-year-old Richard Callahan, of California, intentionally struck the retaining wall in an attempt to harm himself and his passenger. There was no word on the extent of any possible injuries.

Officials said Callahan was charged with reckless endangerment, domestic aggravated assault, and driving on a suspended license.

Authorities confirmed they were not wearing seatbelts, and officials added drugs and alcohol were not involved.

The left lanes were blocked to westbound drivers. Officials said the inside shoulder had been blocked off to eastbound traffic.

Officials with the Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated at the scene.

Crews with the Tennessee Department of Transportation said the roadway was cleared by 5:55 p.m.