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Published on May 24, 2024
Three Critically Injured in Major Interstate 55 Pile-Up Near Downtown MemphisSource: X/Memphis Police Dept

Three individuals were left critically injured yesterday morning after a multivehicle pile-up on Interstate 55 near downtown Memphis, causing major traffic disruption and leading authorities to close all northbound lanes. The chaos unfolded near the South Parkway overpass, and images from TDOT cameras showed a demolished tractor-trailer amid the wreckage. WREG reported that the incident occurred at around 9:40 a.m. and police urged motorists to steer clear of the area to avoid the congestion.

Adding to the morning rush hour woes, even as the Memphis Police worked at the scene, two southbound lanes were also obstructed, bringing traffic to a near halt—a situation confirmed by Action News 5—as the northbound lanes remained completely shuttered investigation into the crash ensued with officials delving into the cause of the tragic ordeal.

The three victims, whose circumstances in the crash remain a harrowing reminder of the fragility of life on the fast-moving highways, were swiftly transported to Regional One Health in a critical condition, a detestable outcome noted by all three reporting sources. Local Memphis later updated that normal traffic flow on I-55 resumed after the morning's turmoil had ceased and the debris of what once was a scene of clamor and urgent sirens became again just another stretch of tarmac beneath the wheels of the unassuming motorist.