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Victim identified in fatal I-40E crash near downtown

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A Louisiana man was killed and three others were hurt after police said a person driving the wrong way on Interstate 40 crashed head-on into another vehicle early Friday morning.

The collision occurred around 3:20 a.m. at exit 209 in the eastbound lanes of I-40 near downtown.

Kenneth Faulkenberry, 34, was driving a Jeep Wrangler the wrong way on I-40 when his vehicle collided with a 2009 Hyundai Accent, according to police.

Christopher Silvio, 24, of Denham Springs, LA, was driving a 2009 Hyundai Accent on I-40 East when the Jeep, which is believed to have accessed the interstate at the Charlotte Avenue on-ramp, collided with the car head-on.

The Jeep's headlights were apparently not activated.

Silvio died at the scene. His girlfriend, Danielle Bledsoe, 19, was critically injured, and she is being treated at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Faulkenberry, 34, and his passenger, Robert Faulkenberry, 32, both of South Carolina, were critically injured. They are also being treated at Vanderbilt Medical Center.

Police said there was no evidence at the scene to indicate impairment on the part of either driver, and charges are still pending.

The wreck closed the eastbound lanes until about 7:30 a.m.

Faulkenberry is not the first driver to get on one of Middle Tennessee's major interstates going the wrong direction in the past several months.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation said they are proactive in taking several steps to make sure the roads are safe and marked as well as possible.

"There are hundreds of thousands of drivers on the road every day accessing the interstates, and the majority of people get it right," said TDOT spokeswoman Deanna Lambert.

TDOT does plan to take a close look at this latest wrong way crash.

"We are going to have our traffic safety engineers go out to this particular on-ramp at (Interstate) 40 and look to make sure that maybe a sign hasn't been knocked over and it is clearly marked - that kind of thing," Lambert said.

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