3 injured in wrong-way, head-on crash on I-24 East

(Photo: WKRN)

ANTIOCH, Tenn. (WKRN) – Three people were injured when a car traveling the wrong direction on Interstate 24 East struck another vehicle head-on, closing the interstate for hours early Sunday morning.

The wreck happened around 4:30 a.m. just west of the Bell Road exit on I-24 East.

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(Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)
Christian Lopez (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)

According to Metro police, they received an advisory from Rutherford County law enforcement that a driver was traveling in the wrong direction on the interstate.

Soon after, dispatch was alerted that a wreck had occurred.

Police say the wrong-way driver, identified as 24-year-old Christian Lopez, was driving a gray hatchback. He was not seriously injured but was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center to be evaluated.

The two people in the other car suffered non-life threatening injuries. They were also taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

All three had to be extricated from the vehicles.

Upon his release from the hospital this afternoon, Lopez was charged with one count of vehicular assault and driving without a license.

Authorities say they found two 12-packs of beer in the backseat of Lopez’s car and several empty cans in the front.

Officers also detected a strong odor of alcohol from Lopez after the crash.

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