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(WBIR) A Harriman man is lucky to be alive after a crash Thursday morning left his car smashed between a concrete dividing wall and a tractor-trailer.

The accident happened just before 7:30 Thursday morning on I-40 near the Campbell Station Road exit in West Knox County.

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Michael Marchland, 49, of Rocky Point, New York, was driving a big rig hauling lawn mowers. He was traveling east in the center lane of the interstate, when troopers say he merged suddenly into the left lane.

Michael A. Pinkerton, 52, of Harriman, was driving in the left lane when the truck suddenly veered toward him. The truck hit the concrete barrier, crushing Pinkerton's Toyota Camry into an unrecognizable chunk of metal.

Amazingly, Pinkerton was pulled from the crushed car with minor injuries. He was transported by ambulance to UT Medical Center, and has since been released.

Marchland was charged with failure to exercise due care. He was not injured.

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A crash involving a semi-truck and another vehicle backed up Thursday morning commutes in West Knox County.

The crash blocked the left lanes of Interstate 40 in both directions near Campbell Station Road. TDOT estimated the crash would be cleared by 9 a.m.

According to dispatch, the call came in a little before 7:25 a.m. Dispatch said there were injuries from the crash.

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