Police identify husband and wife killed in fatal rush hour wreck on I-40

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Authorities have identified the couple killed in a single car wreck on I-40 Westbound in Knoxville late Wednesday afternoon. Phillip and Elizabeth Wyatt were killed when their Hyundai Tuscon went off the Interstate near the Papermill Dr. exit around 4:30 p.m.

The investigation into the wreck is ongoing, according to a Knoxville Police spokesperson, but initial reports indicate the SUV crossed over the median, struck a pole, and flipped over.

The crash backed up rush hour traffic in both directions along the Interstate as well as on the Papermill Dr. and Weisgarber Rd. exits.

The spokesperson noted that the driver, sixty year-old Phillip Wyatt, was not wearing a seatbelt, while his wife Elizabeth was.