TDOT: All lanes reopen on I-40 E. following crash

Update 9:15 am:

Tennessee Department of Transportation spokesperson Mark Nagi confirmed crews reopened all eastbound lanes of Interstate 40 after a Jeep and tractor trailer crashed near downtown Knoxville.

Knoxville police on scene confirmed crews took one person to the hospital.

A Jeep merging onto I-40 E. hit a Fed-Ex semi near the 17th Street/Western Avenue exit at about 7:45 a.m.

Crews took the Jeep's driver to the University of Tennessee Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the semi wasn't hurt.

Update 8:40 am:

Knox County dispatch confirmed two eastbound lanes reopened on Interstate 40 near the 17th Street/Western Avenue exit.

The ramp from Alcoa Highway to I-40 E. will remain closed until crews clear the crash.

Crews are diverting Alcoa Highway traffic to I-40 W.

Previous story:

A multiple-vehicle crash shut down eastbound lanes of Interstate 40 near the 17th Street/Western Avenue exit.

Knox County dispatch said the crash involves at least a semi and a jeep. The second half of the tandem trailer the semi was hauling overturned on the interstate.

No word if anyone was injured.

The wreck was reported at 7:45 a.m., according to the Tennessee Department of Transportation Smartway map.


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