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