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Woman Killed on I-440 Friday Night Identified



The woman killed in a crash involving two vehicles Friday at 7 p.m. in a construction area on I-440 West at the I-40 Interchange is identified as Chanera Blackwell, 41, of Nashville.

The preliminary investigation shows that Blackwell was traveling west in the right lane of I-440 in a 2002 Ford Expedition when another westbound motorist in the left lane, Reed Reish, 36, began to merge into the right lane in order to enter I-40 East. As he was merging, he saw the Ford Expedition next to him and returned to the left lane. The two vehicles did not make contact. The Expedition began to fishtail and left the roadway, striking a rock wall and guardrail. Blackwell, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where she died.

Reish, of Fayetteville, Tennessee, who was driving a 2018 Ford van, reported that he initially did not see any other vehicles as he began merging.

There was no evidence of alcohol or drug involvement at the scene. No charges have been placed. The District Attorney’s Office will review the completed investigation.