Passenger killed in semi crash on Smith County interstate

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Smith County fatal crash (8/7/2019)

(Photo: Smith County Rescue Squad)

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.

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