A Jefferson City man died this morning in a two-vehicle crash in the westbound lanes of Interstate 40 in Jefferson County, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
Trooper Ronnie Hall identified the deceased as 39-year-old Justin Ward.
Ward, who was driving a 2012 Nissan Altima, lost control of the vehicle at 5:08 a.m. near mile marker 414, according to a preliminary crash report.
The car spun out of control and rolled into the path of a 2014 Peterbilt tractor-trailer driven by Russell William, a 50-year-old man who lives in Oliver Springs, Tennessee.
“(William) was unable to avoid striking (the Altima) in the passenger-side door,” the crash report states. “Both vehicles left the roadway and came to rest on the right side of the roadway in a ditch.”
William was uninjured.
Funeral arrangements for Ward had not been announced in Morristown by late this morning. Both William and Ward were wearing seatbelts.
The trooper says there was no indication alcohol or drugs were factors in the fatal crash. As with all fatalities the THP works, a blood test will be conducted on both drivers.