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One person died in a semi-truck crash Tuesday afternoon at the 69 mile marker eastbound on Interstate 24 near the Almaville Road exit. It was a U.S. Xpress Enterprises truck.

Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Kay Peay said the driver who died was Lucy Briley, 26, of New Orleans.

She was driving the tractor-trailer toward Nashville just past Almaville Road when witnesses said she veered over into the opposite lanes, crossed the eastbound lanes and struck a tree line, Peay said.

"At that point, she was thrown out," Peay said.

Briley was not wearing a seat belt. The trooper did not know why she traveled into the opposite lane.

"There was no sign of alcohol or drugs," Peay said.

Emergency Management Agency operations officer Tim Hooker said the truck leaked about 30 gallons of diesel and about six gallons of oil. The hazardous materials spill was supposed to be cleaned up but posed no danger.

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December 05, 2007 at 12:00am
This is a sad situation but why does the heading specify this was a female? I have never seen an article that specifies the driver was a male in the heading.
December 05, 2007 at 12:00am
mm123-Good point....
December 05, 2007 at 12:00am
Maybe they distinguish female big rig drivers because you very rarely(if ever) here of a female driver of a big rig involved in a deadly crash.
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