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Pedestrian remains in hospital after stepping into I-24

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Traffic backup at 7 a.m. Traffic backup at 7 a.m.
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Police said a pedestrian who walked into Interstate 24 East traffic Tuesday morning, causing a multi-vehicle wreck, has been identified.

Johnny Ray Potter Jr., 39, of Nashville, was hit by a Chevrolet Silverado near the Harding Place exit around 6:40 a.m.

Investigators said it appears Potter intentionally walked into traffic in an effort to commit suicide, and a driver said the man entered the interstate, faced oncoming traffic and placed his hands above his head.

The driver swerved to avoid the collision, but was unsuccessful. The pickup truck was then hit by a tractor trailer. The impact sent the pickup truck toward the right shoulder, where it collided with a Nissan Murano.

Potter was taken to Vanderbilt Medical Center, where he remains in critical condition. The three occupants of the Murano were also taken to Vanderbilt with non-critical injuries.

The crashes caused the eastbound lanes of I-24 to be closed for about three hours.

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