Couple killed in motorcycle crash on I-440 overpass

Photo: WKRN
Photo: WKRN

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) –A husband and wife were killed in a motorcycle accident on Interstate 440 East Saturday afternoon.

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the crash was reported shortly before 4 p.m.

Metro police identified the victims as Mark Baker, 58, and his wife, Laurie Baker, 56, both of Collierville, Tennessee.

The Bakers were traveling east on their 2016 Harley Davidson on I-440, where it passes over I-24 just before merging onto the interstate at the 24/40 split.

For unknown reason, the operator of the bike lost control and both of the Bakers were thrown from the motorcycle.

Mark Baker was thrown onto I-24 West below and was run over by a tractor-trailer, which did not stop.

Laurie Baker remained on I-440 East, as did the motorcycle.

Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

Witnesses told News 2 they originally thought a man had jumped from the bridge.

Another man said he had to swerve to avoid hitting Mark.

“It’s crazy, because it’s on the interstate. Nobody’s paying attention, everybodys driving, minding their business and he came out of the sky,” said the witness.

It is unknown which of the Bakers was in physical control of the bike, though it is presumed Mark was driving as he had a valid motorcycle license.

There is no indication alcohol or drugs played a role in the crash.

Parts of I-440 East and I-24 West were closed for several hours after the crash, but the lanes reopened around 10:15 p.m.

(Courtesy: Tennessee Highway Patrol)

(Courtesy: Tennessee Highway Patrol)