KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — The Knoxville Police Department says a woman has died and one person has been charged with vehicular homicide plus other charges after an overturned vehicle crash at the Papermill exit on eastbound Interstate 40 early Monday morning.
KPD said that Shannon Glasper, 36, of Knoxville, is facing vehicular homicide, vehicular assault and driving while license is suspended.
According to KPD, at around 1:50 a.m. Monday, its officers responded to a crash on I-40 East near the Papermill Drive NW exit.
“The investigation revealed that a Honda sedan and Dodge truck pulling a fifth-wheel camper were traveling eastbound on I-40 when the Honda lost control and struck the Dodge,” KPD’s news release states. “The Dodge then left the roadway, flipped over the wall and came to rest on its top on the ramp to Papermill Drive.”
The female passenger of the Dodge was pronounced dead at the scene, KPD said, while the driver and a second passenger were transported to the University of Tennessee Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.
Glasper, the driver of the Honda, initially fled the scene but stopped a short time later due to disabling damage to the vehicle sustained in the crash. Glasper was taken into custody and charged.
The investigation into the crash remains ongoing and KPD says the identity of the deceased is being withheld at this time
The Tennessee Department of Transportation SmartWay traffic map reported the crash occurred just before 2 a.m. with three left lanes of traffic blocked on the interstate. Another crashed vehicle on the exit ramp at Papermill also caused delays.
Traffic along I-40 was reduced to a single lane. First responders were at the scene for hours.
Editor’s Note: This story has been updated.