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THP trooper involved in crash on I-40 in Jefferson County

Crews are expected to have the scene cleared by noon.
Traffic is being diverted after a tractor-trailer overturned on I-40 East in Jefferson County. /
Traffic is being diverted after a tractor-trailer overturned on I-40 East in Jefferson County. /(TDOT)
Published: Aug. 5, 2020 at 11:52 AM EDT
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DANDRIDGE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Officials with the Tennessee Department of Transportation reported a major traffic backup on Interstate 81 at Interstate 40 in Jefferson County due to a crash involving an overturned tractor-trailer.

Officials said a trooper with the Tennessee Highway Patrol was involved in the crash. No details have been released regarding the trooper’s condition.

According to a report from THP, the trooper was attempting to get onto the shoulder of the interstate and had emergency lights on. The report said the THP vehicle crossed into the right lane, “into the path of vehicle two.” The driver of the tractor-trailer tried to swerve, but hit the trooper.

The crash happened on I-81 at I-40 around 10:49 a.m. Wednesday morning.

TDOT officials said I-81 North traffic was diverted to I-40 exit 424 onto State Route 341, then to SR 342 back to I-81 North at exit 4.

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