Driver killed in crash that shut down I-40 near Strawberry Plains Pike

KPD responded to the scene at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, the interstate reopened completely at 12:30 a.m. Thursday.
Published: Jun. 16, 2021 at 8:31 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 16, 2021 at 11:02 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - UPDATE: Interstate 40 has reopened near Strawberry Plains Pike following a fatal crash Wednesday evening, according to Knoxville Police. It had shut down the east and westbound lanes of traffic until 12:30 a.m. Thursday.

Information released Thursday morning from the police department stated they were called to the scene around 7:30 p.m., Wednesday. According to KPD, a car was driving in the westbound lane, when it crossed the median and collided with a second car in the eastbound lane. The first car was then hit by a tractor-trailer, and both caught fire. The driver of the first car had already died when police arrived.

The two people in the second car had non-life-threatening injuries from the crash, and were taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center. The driver of the tractor-trailer was not hurt.

Several lanes of I-40 east and west were closed Wednesday evening after a multi-vehicle crash prompted a tractor-trailer fire.

The crash happened around 6:30 p.m. at mile-marker 399, near Strawberry Plains Pike. Traffic traveling eastbound was diverted to the shoulder and traffic traveling westbound was limited to two lanes.

WATCH: Crash, vehicle fire prompts I-40 closure

WATCH: Crash, vehicle fire prompts multiple lanes of I-40 east and west near Strawberry Plains Pike to close

Posted by WVLT on Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Several first responders were working to clear the scene. This is a developing story.

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