Two Men Killed in Fiery Collision of Tractor-Trailer Rigs on I-24
December 2, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The deceased driver of the tractor-trailer rig that crossed the median of I-24 from the eastbound to the westbound lanes and collided with a westbound Fed Ex tractor trailer rig this morning is tentatively identified as John Greer, 29, of Monroe Street in Nashville. Due to severe burns, positive identification will be made through dental records.
The deceased driver of the Fed Ex rig is identified as Michael Donley, 52, of Villa Grove, Illinois.
The driver of a 2003 BMW sedan that was following behind the Fed Ex rig and collided with its rear tandem trailer is identified as David Hickox, 29, of Nashville. He received non-critical injuries and was treated at Skyline Medical Center.
The crash occurred at 5:13 a.m. The tractor-trailer driven by Greer, which is owned by IFCO Systems U.S., ran off I-24 east to the left, traveled across the median and entered the westbound lanes of the interstate. It was then struck by the Fed Ex rig. The IFCO rig’s trailer disconnected from the tractor and slid on its side and came to rest partially in the median and in one of the interstate’s travel lanes. The IFCO tractor rotated and came to rest facing west. The Fed Ex rig broke through the guardrail and came to rest off the north side of the roadway. The IFCO tractor and the tandem trailers of the Fed Ex rig caught fire. Both drivers were trapped inside their vehicles and died at the scene.
The Fed Ex truck was hauling miscellaneous merchandise. The IFCO truck was hauling wooden pallets.
There was no indication at the scene of alcohol or drug involvement. It is not known why the IFCO rig ran off the roadway.
The westbound lanes of I-24 near Briley Parkway north of the city have been closed since the crash for the investigation and removal of the vehicles and debris. Those lanes are not expected to reopen until after evening rush hour.