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Victims Identified In Fatal I-40 Collision

Victims Identified In Fatal I-40 Collision

CREATED Jun 30, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Three people killed in a head-on crash along Interstate 40 just west of Dickson have been identified.

Officials with the Tennessee Highway Patrol said 22-year-old William John Shelburne, 19-year-old Claire Shelburne and 50-year-old Laura Shelburne were killed just before 2 p.m. Friday when a tractor trailer crossed the median and struck their vehicle.

Terry Shelburne, age 51, and his 13-year-old son, Abel, survived the crash and were transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. On Saturday, the younger Shelburne was said to be critical but stable condition. The family from Bon Aqua was reportedly on their way to a wedding when the crash happened. 

According to the THP, a Toyota Tacoma driven by 37-year-old Andrew Martin was headed eastbound in the right lane of  I-40 when it attempted to pass a semi in the left lane. The truck hit the semi-truck and flipped over into a ditch, while the semi crossed the grassy median into oncoming traffic, striking the Shelburne’s vehicle head-on.

The driver of the semi, 47-year-old Charles Barber and his 6-year-old passenger, were both injured in the incident. The driver of the pickup truck had a 7-year-old boy as his passenger, but both of them refused medical treatment.

Traffic was backed-up for nearly 20 miles as a result of the collision. I-40 westbound was closed for nearly seven hours while officials worked to clear the roadway.

Troopers with the Tennessee Highway Patrol were on the scene for most of the day trying to determine exactly what happened. TDOT said it was not immediately known whether or not barriers would have made a difference in the incident. The median meets TDOT's required regulation of being 50-feet-wide.

THP said alcohol did not appear to be a factor. Charges in the case are pending. 

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