By Karen Hall
A Lewisburg woman died Wednesday afternoon after a fiery crash on I-65.
Patricia Carol Perry, 35, of Yell Road, was southbound about 2:30 p.m. when she lost control of her green Toyota RAV-4 and crossed the median into the northbound lanes at the 49-mile marker, according to reports by Nashville TV stations.
Hector Herrera of Houston was driving north in a J.B. Hunt truck, saw the Toyota in the median, and tried to avoid a collision by moving into the right-hand lane. However, Perry's SUV hit the front of Herrera's truck and started a fire that engulfed the cab in flames. The truck came to a stop after sideswiping a guardrail and the concrete column supporting the overpass of Kedron Road.
One of the truck's fuel tanks broke loose and burned in the median.
"There was fire everywhere," said Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Luis Sweeney who responded to the scene, along with Maury County emergency services, Tennessee Department of Transportation personnel, and the helicopter ambulance based at Spring Hill.
Perry was flown to Vanderbilt Hospital, but later died as a result of her injuries.
A white Dodge pickup truck, driven by Richard Reed of Madison, Tenn. was also involved in the crash and suffered front-end damage.
Reed and Herrera were not injured. Traffic was reduced to one lane for a long time, while crews cleaned up the road.