SMITH COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – One person is dead after their vehicle crashed into a semi-truck in Smith County Saturday afternoon.

Smith County crews were dispatched to the eastbound lanes of mile marker 261 on Interstate 40 around 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24 after receiving reports of a truck that had crashed into the back of a tractor-trailer. 

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According to the Smith County Rescue Squad, the semi had deployed its safety markers and pulled over on the right shoulder due to mechanical issues. 

Officials say that’s when a 2010 Ford F150 truck traveling eastbound ended up on the right shoulder and struck the rear of the tractor-trailer.

Upon arrival, first responders discovered that the driver of the truck — identified by Tennessee Highway Patrol as 61-year-old Timothy Burton of Silver Point — was dead. 

At the scene, the Smith County Rescue Squad had to remove Burton from the vehicle. New Middleton first responders and law enforcement also assisted in clearing the crash.

Meanwhile, the driver of the semi — 56-year-old Geronimo Borrell of Hialeah, Florida — was not injured in the incident, according to officials.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol is now investigating the events that led to the deadly crash.

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This is a developing story. WKRN News 2 will continue to update this article as new information becomes available.