One killed in I-40 wreck

Post staff reports

A North Carolina teenager was killed in a car accident that occurred about 10:45 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 28, on Interstate 40 eastbound near the 246 mile marker.

The victim was identified as Alexas S. Phillips, 15, of Hudson, N.C.

A report filed by Trooper Tracy White of the Tennessee Highway Patrol said Phillips was driving a 2008 Nissan Altima and was headed westbound on I-40 near the 246 mile marker. A second vehicle, a 2005 Jeep Laredo, driven by Aaron W. Nicholson, 23, of Pleasant View, Tenn., was traveling in the left lane of I-40 eastbound.

The Altima spun out of control, crossed the median into the eastbound lanes of the interstate and collided with the Jeep Laredo at an angle.

The Jeep Laredo left the right side of the roadway, ran into a ditch and caught on fire.

White in his report said the impact caused the Altima to break apart behind the rear passenger door. The front end of the car came to a final rest in the right eastbound lane of I-40, and the rear half of the car came to a final rest on the left side of the interstate in the eastbound lane.

Nicholson and his passenger, Katie Worley, 21, were not injured. They, and Phillips, wore their seat belts.