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Wet weather may have contributed to fatal I-40 crash

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Knoxville police have released more information about a fatal overnight crash in East Knoxville.

Investigators say a 2006 Honda Civic, driven by Daniel Coombes, 46, of Doswell, Virginia, hydroplaned and hit the left front of a semi-truck.  The truck's driver, Kyle Whitlow, 24, of Westmoreland,
lost control and began to jack knife.  The truck slid off the right side of the road and overturned onto the driver's side.  The passenger in the sleeper section of the cab, Aaron W. Wilkerson, 45, of Lafayette, was killed.  The two drivers were transported to the hospital with minor injuries.

Asheville Highway was shut down for several hours after the crash.

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All lanes of Interstate 40 Eastbound near Asheville Highway are open following a fatal accident early Tuesday morning.

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An early morning crash on Tuesday has claimed the life of one person and sent two others to the hospital.

The Knoxville Police Department says around 12:30 a.m. a tractor trailer truck collided with a car on Interstate 40 Eastbound near Asheville Highway. Investigators believe the driver of the truck lost control and went off the road, flipping on its side. 

A passenger in the sleeper section of the cab died in the accident.  The driver of the truck and the Honda were taken to UT Medical Center with minor injuries.

The names of the victims are not being released at this time.

TDOT says that one lane is open and that they hope to have all lanes reopened by 9:00 a.m.

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