NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A portion of Interstate 40 in South Nashville was closed for hours early Tuesday morning following a deadly crash.
The crash was reported just after 1 a.m. in the westbound lanes of I-40 at mile marker 212 near Hermitage Avenue on Tuesday, Nov. 21.
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The deadly crash involved two vehicles — a semi-truck and a stolen Nissan Maxima.
Investigators believe the Maxima was traveling at a high rate of speed in the rain when it passed the semi-truck on the left before going out of control and crossing over all four lanes of I-40 west, according to a release.
The car then drifted back to the left and drove under the trailer of the semi where it became trapped, authorities said. The driver of the Nissan, identified as 20-year-old Damondre Hayes of Antioch, died at the scene and the semi driver was uninjured.
Metro police reported two guns, an AR-15 style rifle and a loaded semi-automatic pistol with a 50-round drum magazine, were recovered from the Maxima. One of the weapons was stolen from Murfreesboro on Nov. 9.
The westbound lanes of I-40 were closed in the area until investigators cleared the scene. All lanes have since reopened.
No other information was immediately released.