A 26-year-old man is dead after being involved in two separate multi-car crashes on Interstate 40 between Stewart's Ferry Pike and Old Hickory Boulevard in Hermitage.
The accidents happened around 3:30 a.m. Sunday and caused the closure of I-40 East.
Metro police said the first crash involved a Chevrolet pickup truck, a tractor trailer and a Chevy Tahoe.
According to police, both the pickup truck and the Tahoe passed the tractor trailer on either side. When the pickup truck merged left, the truck hit the Tahoe in the rear bumper.
When the tractor trailer tried to avoid the collision, it collided with the pickup truck.
Moments later, the driver of the Chevy pickup, Adam Carnes, of Hermitage, was struck and killed by another vehicle not involved in the first crash.
Metro said Carnes exited his truck to view the damage on his driver's side door. While outside of his truck, Carnes was struck by a Dodge Charger.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police told Nashville's News 2 there was no evidence that any of the drivers involved in the accident were impaired. However, the investigation is ongoing.
Police said the driver of the Dodge, Damon Bryant, 39, was not injured and showed no signs of impairment.
TDOT traffic cameras and police said it was very foggy while working the accident, but the tractor trailer driver stated that it was not foggy during the time of the crash.
The interstate was shut down until about 8:45 a.m. Sunday.
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