SMITH COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) — The driver of a semi truck involved in a fatal crash Tuesday night on I-40 in Smith County was issued a citation following the death of his passenger, authorities say.
Several agencies responded around 10:45 p.m. to a semi that rolled over on the interstate westbound at mile marker 264.
According to Tennessee Highway Patrol, 63-year-old Franklin Zhang was driving the truck.
Troopers said Zhang, a man from Baldwin Park, California, failed to maintain his lane, drove off the side of the road and slammed into a guardrail, causing the semi to overturn.
His 25-year-old passenger, Zhong Li was pronounced dead at the scene.
Zhang was cited for “due care,” investigators added.
The crash remains under investigation.