24-Year-Old Greenbrier Woman Killed In Wrong-Way I65 Head-On Crash

24-Year-Old Greenbrier Woman Killed In Wrong-Way I65 Head-On Crash

24-Year-Old Greenbrier Woman Killed In Wrong-Way I65 Head-On Crash

GREENBRIER TENNESSEE (Smokey Barn News) – Smokey Barn News is learning that a Greenbrier woman was killed in an Interstate 65 wrong-way crash Sunday morning.

According to Metro Nashville Police, the head-on crash involved a vehicle traveling the wrong way on I-65 north just prior to the Briley Parkway/Dickerson Pike exits around  2:45 a.m. LOCATION OF CRASH

Police say 24-year-old Madeline Rutledge of Greenbrier was killed in the crash. Madeline was traveling north on I-65 in a Hyundai Elantra when a Chevrolet Equinox traveling the wrong way collided with  Madeline head-on. Madeline died shortly after arriving at Skyline Medical Center in Nashville.

The driver of the Equinox, Shakiyla Smith, 26, of Antioch, was critically injured and remains hospitalized. Why Shakiyla was traveling the wrong way on the interstate remains unclear and police say there was no evidence of impairment at the scene.

Police say charges against Smith are pending the completion of the investigation. WSMV News contributed to this report.

Madeline was born on March 13, 1999, and was 24 years old at the time of her death. She graduated from Greenbrier High School in 2017 and was a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club, a Cheerleader and a member of Show Choir. Madeline graduated from the University of TN Knoxville in 2022 with a degree in Psychology with a Minor in Child and Family Studies. She worked for Howell Allen Brain and Spine Surgical Clinic at Ascension and was completing her training as a Medical Assistant. She hoped to move into Neuro-Psychology Nursing in the future.

Madeline was such a bright light in this world. She loved honestly and openly and was a wonderful friend to so many. She loved all types of music, video games, NFL Football, Korean food, Science documentaries and so much more. There was no malice in Madeline and her kindness to everyone showed in the beautiful smile on her face. She loved her family fiercely, including her Maltese pups, Louie and Posie. Madeline was a Christian and the family is comforted knowing she is in the arms of the Lord. Full online obituary.

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