By Kayla Carter
Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Greg Marlowe, briefing media at the scene of the accident, identified the victim as Danny Hopper, 58.
Marlowe said Hopper was driving in the wrong direction on the four-lane highway and collided with a tractor-trailer driven by Soren Kees of Newland, N.C.
Marlowe said Hopper died on impact.
He added that a search of Hopper’s vehicle found prescription medications, as well as an open container of alcohol.
The accident blocked traffic in both directions for more than an hour.