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Wrecks on I-40 in Jefferson Co. cleared, but traffic still slow

6:24 PM, Jan 2, 2012   |    comments
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All  lanes are back open on I-75 in Jefferson County, where two separate accidents snarled traffic for several hours.

However, it will take time for the traffic to begin moving again.  There was a seven-mile backup at one time from the tractor-trailer crash in the eastbound lanes.

According to THP, the tractor trailer was hauling bales of yarn.  It was owned by Roger Henson Trucking out of Bolivar, TN.

The truck driver, David Brewer, 58, of Selmer was injured in the crash.  He was taken to UT Medical Center by Lifestar helicopter.

Investigators say the truck was traveling east when it ran off the right side of the road, went behind a guardrail, and hit a group of trees on the edge of a creek.  The trailer split open, spilling the spools of yard along the edge of the interstate.

It took rescue crews an hour and 45 minutes to extricate the driver.  His current condition is not known. 

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Two tractor-trailer accident is backing up traffic on I-40 in Jefferson County.

According to TDOT, the first crash was reported at 3:10 pm at milemarker 412.  All eastbound lanes are blocked.  Westbound lanes are affected by rubbernecking delays.

A dispatcher for the Tennessee Highway Patrol says a tractor-trailer rolled over.  Photos from the scene show that the trailer split open, spilling its load on the side of the interstate.  It's not clear from the photos what the truck was carrying, but it may be large spools of yarn.

The dispatcher did not know if any other vehicles were involved or if there were any injuries.

An hour later, another accident was reported in the westbound lanes at milemarker 421.  Two lanes are blocked.  Traffic is moving slowly in the remaining lane.  Eastbound traffic is affected with rubbernecking delays.

TDOT estimates both accidents will be cleared up by 6 pm.

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