Investigators say driver was recording on cellphone when fiery crash happened


Investigators say an 18-year-old driver was reportedly videotaping himself when he was involved in a fiery crash on Interstate 840 Friday morning.  

It happened near Carter’s Creek Pike just after 7:30 a.m.  

Multiple witnesses reported watching the driver veer off I-840 West, go through a guardrail and flip down an embankment where the car burst into flames.  

“It looks like he might on fire,” a caller told 911 dispatchers.  

“There is a man outside. He’s burning. He is burned bad – the clothes are burned off his body and he is screaming for help.”  

Investigators told News 2 the driver was recording his drive on his cell phone seconds before and right up to the moment of impact.  

An investigator who has seen the video said it shows the Hyundai passing vehicles on the right-hand side before losing control.  

“It went right in front of us,” a caller told 911 dispatchers. “My husband is in a big truck. He’s got a fire extinguisher. It’s bad.”  

Nearly four hours after the crash, the teen’s Hyundai Genesis was still smoldering.  

The driver was airlifted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. An update on his condition has not been released.  

His identity has not been released.


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