Motorcyclist killed in Knoxville I-40 crash identified

Motorcycle crash has closed I-40 Westbound in East Knoxville
Published: Jun. 15, 2021 at 6:58 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 17, 2021 at 2:53 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Interstate 40 West has reopened in Knoxville near the Holston River Bridge following a fatal crash Tuesday morning, according to the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

Knoxville Police said officers were called to the crash around 5:20 a.m. Tuesday morning. Police said all lanes of traffic on I-40W were closed for hours after the crash and traffic was diverted to Strawberry Plains Pike.

According to KPD, the crash involved a motorcycle and a car. Investigators said the motorcycle and a Volkswagen Jetta were traveling on I-40 West when the Jetta collided with the motorcycle.

The motorcyclist was thrown from the motorcycle and struck by numerous passing vehicles, officials said. The motorcyclist, later identified as 66-year-old Gary Rosen of Virginia, was pronounced dead on the scene.

Due to the severity of the crash, KPD crash reconstruction officers responded to the scene to begin the investigation, which is in the preliminary stages at this time.

Officers are seeking information from anyone who might have witnessed the crash. Those with information potentially relevant to the investigation are urged to contact East Tennessee Valley Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, online at or via the free mobile app P3 Tips. Tipsters will remain anonymous.

TDOT officials said I-40 West reopened to traffic around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.

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