Stretch of I-40 prone to wrong-way crashes
A stretch of Interstate 40 in Knoxville has been the scene in 2013 of four fatal crashes that were caused by a driving going the wrong way.
The latest was a Dec. 21 head-on fatal that killed Bryan Winfree.
Reports indicate that downtown Knoxville's numerous ramps and access points were likely a factor in the crashes. Police say alcohol was also a factor in some of the crashes.
All four of the victims in the crashes were men in their 20s. The others occurred in March, August and November.
Knoxville Police spokesman Darrell DeBusk says it's sometimes hard to determine where the driver started going the wrong way. Since the crashes occurred at night, a driver going the wrong way might not encounter traffic for a significant distance.
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