KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Police have identified the woman killed Friday night when her car struck a tractor-trailer on Interstate 40 in Knoxville.
The Knoxville Police Department says Joy Goforth, 42 of Powell, was going east in a Ford Taurus around 5:35 p.m. near the Hall of Fame Drive exit when she tried to change lanes.
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The rear of her car struck a 2014 Freightliner driven by Daniel Johnstone, 26, that was in the next lane. The impact forced the Taurus into the median wall. It then flipped several times, ejecting Goforth.
Goforth was pronounced dead at UT Medical Center. Officers say she was not wearing a seat belt and if she had, it may have saved her life.
Johnstone was not injured.
The crash shut down the eastbound lanes of I-40 for several hours Friday evening.