KNOXVILLE — Two Jefferson County teenagers were killed this morning when their car crossed Interstate 40 during a pouring rain and slammed into an oncoming pickup truck.
The 1:01 a.m. crash killed Jean Luke Lane and Joshua Allen Bullington, both 18 and both of White Pine, according to Knoxville Police Department spokesman Darrell DeBusk.
Lane was driving a 2008 Honda Accord westbound on I-40 east of the Holston River bridge during a heavy rainstorm when he lost control of the car, DeBusk said.
Earlier report from AP:
KNOXVILLE (AP) — The eastbound lanes of Interstate 40 in Knoxville have been shut down since an early morning crash.
Traffic on the east side of the city was being diverted onto the Asheville Highway as police investigate the crash that killed two people and sent a third victim to a hospital with serious injuries, according to The Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/pOkSN4 ).
Knoxville Police Sgt. K. Brian Bush said a car might have been traveling westbound around 1 a.m. EDT Thursday when the driver lost control, ran through the median and came to rest in the eastbound lanes, where a pickup truck struck the car.
The people killed were both in one vehicle. Bush said the person who survived has what appeared to be life-threatening injuries.
Information from: The Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com