Son Of Chief Deputy Killed In I-40 Crash

Posted at 4:39 PM, Jun 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-18 10:47:11-04

The Hickman County Sheriff's Office has confirmed the person killed in a crash on I-40 was Jesse Butts, son of Chief Deputy C.J. Butts.

The wreck happened around 4 p.m. Friday in the westbound lanes of Interstate 40 at mile marker 172 near Highway 46 in Dickson County. 

Several vehicles were involved, including a tractor trailer, a flatbed truck and at least two passenger vehicles. 

Video from a witness at the scene showed the semi and two vehicles engulfed in a large fire.

The vehicle Butts was traveling in was unknown. 

Officials with the Hickman County Sheriff’s Office released a statement on their Facebook page.

Information about any other injuries was not available. 

Officials said the tractor trailer was hauling some kind of hazardous materials, making it difficult to clear the roadway quickly. The roadway remained closed overnight while crews worked to clear the materials.

Westbound lanes were expected reopen around 8 a.m. Saturday, but as of 9:30 a.m. the Tennessee Department of Transportation SmartWay traffic map still showed road closures. 

Drivers were advised to seek alternate routes. Traffic was diverted off the interstate 10 miles away from the crash site at the Highway 96 interchange. 

The back-up went almost all the way to Kingston Springs/Ashland City exit, 16 miles from the crash.

Video from a witness at the scene showed at least one of the trucks involved in the crash engulfed in a large fire.