NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The driver of a pickup truck has died after he was involved in two separate collisions Monday near the Interstate 40/Interstate 24 interchange, east of downtown Nashville.
At about 9:30 a.m., police said Robert J. Ridley, 45, was traveling west from Interstate 24 onto Interstate 40 when he struck a 2007 Pontiac from behind.
The driver of the Pontiac, 23-year-old Whitney Hawkins, reported Ridley sped off after the collision.
Moments later, police said he crashed into the back of a Buick traveling west on I-40, lost control of his pickup and struck an overpass wall.
Ridley, who police said is from Jasper, Tennessee, was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he died.
Police said he was not wearing his seatbelt.
The driver of the Buick, Juanita Bills, 74, of Murfreesboro, and her passenger, Marion Gilmore, 78, of Smyrna, were transported to Baptist Hospital with minor injuries.
They were wearing their seatbelts.
All lanes of I-40 West were shut down for several hours and drivers traveling into Nashville rerouted.
The crash was cleared and all lanes reopened at about 2:15 p.m.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation although Ridley's recklessness appears to be to blame.