72-year-old man killed in wreck on 1-40 W near West Hills

Published: Apr. 1, 2019 at 2:50 PM EDT
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A 72-year-old man was killed in a crash on I-40 Monday.

The Knoxville Police Department said Douglas Wright of Knoxville was driving a Nissan Leaf on I-40 near the ramp to Papermill Dr. when Wright's vehicle was involved in a crash with a semi-truck.

The vehicle continued on 1-40 until it left the roadway near the ramp to the West Hills exit where it struck a light pole on the south side of the interstate. The light pole fell across the right two lanes of I-40 west.

Wright was transported to the University of Tennessee Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased.

A Mercedes-Benz was also damaged by the falling pole, but the driver and the driver of the semi-truck where unharmed.