Troopers say alcohol may be to blame in fatal Loudon wreck
Troopers say one vehicle was traveling the wrong way when it hit another vehicle head-on.LOUDON COUNTY (WATE) -- State troopers say alcohol could be to blame for an accident that killed one person early Sunday in Loudon County. 

The wreck happened around 3:00 a.m. on Interstate 75 at the I-75/I-40 split. Both interstates were shut down in both directions for about three hours.

Troopers say one vehicle was traveling the wrong way when it hit another vehicle head-on.  Both drivers were wearing their seatbelts, but troopers say the impact likely killed one driver.  

Emergency responders had to extricate the second victim from her vehicle. She was taken to UT Medical Center, but there is no word on her condition.

Troopers say no passengers were riding in either car.

The accident remains under investigation. The names of the victims have not been released.

One person killed in alcohol-related crash on I-75

A 62-year-old Polk County man is dead after a two-car accident on Interstate 75 early Sunday morning.

The accident happened just before 3 a.m. near mile marker 82, according to Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Hixson.

Hixson said 31-year-old Ruby Lloyd of Rockwood was driving north in the southbound lane when her 2005 Toyota 4Runner entered a curve and struck Roy Branum, Jr.'s 2000 Chevy Silverado head-on.

Branum was pronounced dead on the scene. Lloyd was injured in the crash, but no word is available on her condition.

Hixson said investigators believe Lloyd had been drinking and was intoxicated at the time of the accident.

The accident forced troopers to block all northbound and southbound lanes of traffic until the accident could be cleared around 6:30 a.m.