Memphis is deadliest stretch along I-40, study says

by: Tony Atkins Updated:

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - From overhead, I-40 looks much like any other stretch of road you’d see in America. However, a new study from Teletrac Navman, a GPS company for fleet vehicles, took national crash data revealing shocking numbers about Memphis and I-40.

 According to the study, of the 2,555 miles along I-40 that stretch from North Carolina to California, Memphis is its deadliest point. 

“It’s pretty believable,” said Mike Freels, a truck driver.

Just two weeks ago, Freels’ truck was hit by a car while on the road. 

“I haul a big load,” Freels said. “I can’t stop on a dime.” 

Max Maxwell has taught defensive diving and simulations for 36 years. Even he wasn’t shocked at the numbers. He said his students have been rear ended about 12 times this year.


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“The big thing is people don’t pay attention,” Maxwell said. “They follow [other drivers] too closely and there are too many distractions in the vehicle.” 

The study also broke down the most common times for fatal accidents on the entire I-40. The most common month is June. The most common day is the 16th. The most common time of day is from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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