Two women are dead after an early morning crash involving a semi and an SUV. It happened in the northbound lanes of I-75 just south of Exit 87 in Richmond.
Traffic was backed up for hours while crews cleared the scene. The crash left two women, 30-year-old Christina Blevins and 44-year-old Pennifer McIntosh, dead. The two were roommates, living in Berea.
The accident happened just after 1:00 Friday morning. The SUV carrying McIntosh and Blevins crashed head on into a semi.
Police say the women got on I-75 from a ramp at exit 87 going the wrong way--heading south in the north bound lanes. Seconds later, they crashed into the semi, killing them both.
Police closed the northbound lanes for hours, as the crash scene was cleared.
It's believed the two were in Richmond the night before. The Madison County Coroner says McIntosh is originally from Jackson, and Blevins is from London.
The truck driver suffered only very minor injuries and went to the hospital as a precaution, but is expected to be okay.
Bowling Funeral Home in London is handling arrangements for Christina Blevins, and Watts Funeral Home in Jackson is handling arrangements for Pennifer McIntosh.