On April 23, authorities in Asheville continued an investigation into an early morning crash in which one person died and four others sustained serious personal injuries after a tractor-trailer slammed into a stalled truck on Interstate 240.


None of the victims in the crash were immediately identified, pending notification of their families. However, they are believed to have been from Tennessee, Mississippi, and Nevada.


The crash occurred shortly before 2 a.m. in the highway’s westbound lanes near the Fairview Road bridge after a 1-ton truck transporting scrap metal in a flatbed trailer stalled in the roadway, according to police spokeswoman Melissa Williams.


Williams said that the flatbed’s driver attempted to back his vehicle and trailer to the right of the roadway, but it stalled a second time and came to rest sideways in the road, blocking two traffic lanes.


Four people drove up to the truck, got out, and attempted to help the driver move it off the road. It was not known if all four were traveling in the same vehicle.


Williams said that a tractor-trailer then came down the interstate and its driver was unable to stop in time. The tractor-trailer then collided with the stalled truck and four people in the roadway.


One person was pronounced dead at the scene and another was left in critical condition. The drivers of the truck and tractor-trailer and another person were seriously injured and received transport to Mission Hospital.

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