All lanes of I-40 back open after fatal head-on collision

Interstate 40 near Liberty Street blocked after head-on-collision. / Source: WVLT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) The Knoxville Police Department responded to the scene of a head-on collision along Interstate 40 near the ramp to Interstate 640 west early Saturday morning.

The accident occurred around 5:30 a.m. near the Liberty Street overpass.


A black Hyundai Elantra was traveling east in the westbound lanes of I-40 and struck a gold Toyota Camry head-on, that was traveling westbound.

The driver of the Camry was pronounced dead on the scene and the driver of the Elantra was transported to UT Hospital with life-threatening injuries, according to KPD.

A dog was also found dead inside the Elantra.

The names of the drivers have not yet been released due to notification of the families.

All lanes of I-40 west are back open for travel.

KPD is calling the crash serious.

Three lanes of I-40 are closed, but police are directing drivers around the wreck, via the exit ramp.

We will continue to update you on this incident as more details become available.

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