Man dies after devastating, fiery crash on interstate, victim identified

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A man is dead after his van crashed into a pole on I-240. His van then blew up after impact.

The crash happened early Thursday morning as a van was traveling eastbound on I-240 near Millbranch. The driver lost control and drifted into the median.

Officials said the man crashed into the T-DOT info sign pole.

Good Samaritans stopped and pulled the man from the burning van. They tried performing CPR, but the driver died at the scene.

The driver has been identified as 40-year-old Rodney Branch.

Police are still trying to figure out what caused him to drift into the median in the first place.

It was also extremely foggy at the time of the crash, but it’s unclear if that led to the crash.

Memphis Police released the following statement concerning the crash:

On Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at approximately 11:04 pm, there was a fatal one vehicle crash on I-240 east of Millbranch.  Upon arrival on the scene, the investigation revealed that the vehicle was traveling eastbound I-240 in the far right lane when the driver lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle veered sharply across the other two eastbound lanes of traffic then entered the grass median located between the eastbound and westbound lanes of traffic.  Once the vehicle entered the median, it continued in a northeasterly direction, struck with its front a support for the interstate message board and caught fire.  Witnesses were able to pull the driver, 40-year-old Rodney Branch, from the vehicle before it became fully engulf in flames.  MFD Ambulance, Unit #6, made the scene and could not detect any signs of life.

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