Truck driver charged after I-40 crash kills teacher's assistant

Truck driver charged after I-40 crash kills Lenoir City teacher's assistant

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Darold Eugene Reimer (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office) Darold Eugene Reimer (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A tractor-trailer driver is charged with vehicular homicide after a crash Wednesday night on Interstate 40 in West Knox County killed a Lenoir City teacher's assistant.

The incident happened around 6:00 p.m. when two semi trucks collided near the Campbell Station Road exit.

Tennessee Highway Patrol officials say the trucks collided as one attempted to pass the other. The driver of one of the trucks lost control, went off the road and then struck a car.

The other truck struck and overturned on a car. The car's driver, Kimberly Townson, 42, of Loudon, was killed. She was a teacher's assistant for special education students at Lenoir City High School. 

The driver and a passenger in the other car, Kathy Kennett, 63, and Keith Kennett, 66, of Kingston, were injured.

THP says tractor-trailer driver Darold Eugene Reimer, 51, of Fort Worth, Texas, is charged with vehicular homicide. 

One eastbound lane of I-40 was shut down at mile marker 373, as well as the Campbell Station Road exit.

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