A finalist on “American Idol” has died in a car accident in  Tennessee

According to news outlets, which quoted a Tennessee Highway Patrol report, Willie Spence, 23, passed away on Tuesday

after colliding with the rear of a tractor-trailer that was stopped on the shoulder of Interstate 24 East near Chattanooga.

The accident report said that both drivers were wearing seatbelts and that the truck driver was unharmed.

Spence, a Georgia native, came in second place on "American Idol" season 19 the previous year.

The statement reads, "We are heartbroken over the loss of our cherished American Idol family member, Willie Spence. “We send our sympathies to his loved ones.”