Suspect hit and killed on I-40 while trying to escape police, MPD says

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Parts of Interstate 40 were shut after someone was hit and killed Thursday.

Police said he or she was pronounced dead on the scene.

According to MPD, an alert was put out for a description of a shoplifting vehicle.

Officers spotted a car that matched the description of a shoplifting suspect and tried to perform a traffic stop on I-40 westbound between the Sycamore View and Appling Road.

Police said the car pulled over and the driver jumped over the railing into the eastbound lanes.

The driver was then hit and killed by an 18-wheeler.

MPD also said the passenger in the suspect’s car jumped into the driver’s seat and took off.

MPD did not have a description of the person who took off in the suspect’s car.

The investigation is ongoing.

According to TDOT, the crash was reported at mile marker 12.8 at 1:21 p.m.