A 65-year-old Louisville man died Thursday after a two-vehicle crash on West Lamar Alexander Parkway that sent both cars into the highway median.
Maryville Police Chief Tony Crisp said Joseph Michael Cain died as a result of the 7:43 a.m. accident at the intersection of West Lamar Alexander and Union Grove Road.
The other driver, 30-year-old Nathan Michael Hicks of Maryville, was uninjured, Crisp said.
The two collided when Cain, who was traveling south on Union Grove, attempted to pull into the center lane of West Lamar Alexander Parkway from the north side of the intersection but instead pulled in front of Hicks who was going West on the highway.
Moments before, Cain had been stopped at a stop sign on the north side of the intersection.
Both men were wearing seat belts, Crisp said, adding that police do not expect drugs or alcohol were involved.
Cain’s white 1991 Nissan pickup went through the median and came to rest in the highway’s eastbound lane.
Hicks’ truck, a 2006 Dodge pickup, spun before it ended up in the median.
Crisp said Cain was taken to Blount Memorial Hospital by AMR ambulance, but passed away before he was transported.
“We’ve had some accidents there,” Crisp said when asked if the intersection was one that was known for collisions. However, he noted that it wasn’t any different from other intersections on the parkway.
The road was closed briefly while police cleared the scene.
Crisp said he notified Cain’s family of his passing early today.