LEXINGTON, Tenn. The Tennessee Highway Patrol says four people were killed in a crash on Interstate 40 in West Tennessee after a semi-truck hit a cow on the roadway and went into oncoming traffic.
Highway patrol spokeswoman Dalya Qualls says the driver of the semi was heading eastbound on I-40 in Henderson County on Tuesday night when he struck the cow and lost control of the vehicle.
Qualls said Wednesday that the semi went into the median and slid into westbound lanes of traffic, striking another tractor-trailer and an SUV.
Two people in the semi that started the crash were killed. Also killed were two occupants of the SUV.
CBS affiliate WTVF reports that the two people killed inside the semi have been identified as the driver, 49-year-old Rodney Price from North Carolina, and 45-year-old Brian Lederer from Woodlawn, Virginia. Price was not wearing a seatbelt, the station reported.
The victims killed the SUV were identified as 41-year-old Deborah Whitelow and 22-year-old Trarell Robinson, WTVF reported. Both were from Ripley, Tennessee.
The interstate was shut down, but it reopened early Wednesday.