The wreck happened close to the Tennessee Welcome Center where construction work required vehicles to get into the single inside lane. The driver of a 1999 Saab 93 was said to have passed numerous vehicles in the outside lane at a high rate of speed. When he tried to get back into the flow of traffic he ran into the back of an 18-wheeler, which was hauling heavy machinery.
The car came to rest about 50 yards from the exit ramp to the welcome center.
First responders, state troopers, sheriff's deputy's and TDOT workers were on the scene to treat the injured driver and control the flow of traffic.
Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper John Vaughn is investigating the crash and said the driver's speeding and possibly alcohol contributed to the crash.
"Speed is definitely a factor," said Vaughn.
Alcohol containers could be seen strewn around the wrecked vehicle.
The accident is still under investigation and charges have not yet been filed.