UPDATE TUESDAY 11:03 am
(WBIR) Knoxville police released the name of the victim killed in a crash that partially shut down Alcoa Highway Monday afternoon.
Officials said John Thompson, 83, of Knoxville was killed after his Subaru Impresza crossed both southbound lanes of Alcoa Highway and stopped in the inside, northbound lane near Ginn Road. A Chevy Impala traveling in the northbound lane struck the Subaru, sending it crashing head-on into a Audi A4 traveling southbound on Alcoa Highway. The Audi spun around and struck a GMC Arcadia also traveling southbound lane.
Officials pronounced Thompson dead at the scene. Crews drove the driver and passenger of the Audi to UT Medical Center for what appeared to be serious injuries. They also took the driver of the Impala to hospital for what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the Arcadia refused medical treatment.
KPD said it's still investigating what caused the crash.
TDOT reopened all lanes of Alcoa Highway by 3:35 pm Monday.
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Update 3:35 pm: TDOT says all lanes of Alcoa Highway are back open.
Update 3:00 pm: Knoxville Police have released more information about a fatal crash that has partially shut down Alcoa Highway Monday afternoon.
According to the preliminary investigation, the driver of a Subaru Impreza crossed both southbound lanes of Alcoa Highway and stopped in the inside lane of northbound Alcoa Highway. The Subaru was then hit by a northbound Chevrolet Impala that sent the Subaru up and over the median, where it crashed head-on into a southbound Audi A4. The Audi spun around and into the path of a southbound GMC Arcadia where it was hit a second time.
The driver of the Subaru was pronounced dead on the scene. The driver and passenger of the Audi were transported to UT Medical Center with what appeared to be serious injuries. The driver of the Impala was transported with what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the Arcadia refused medical treatment. No names have been released.
Traffic is still moving slowly through the area. One lane in each direction is open, and KPD hopes to have the road fully reopened around 4:00 pm.
Update 1:50 pm: KPD has one lane open in each direction. They expect it will be at least two hours before the road reopens completely. They suggest using Pellissippi Parkway as a detour.
At least one person has been killed in a crash on Alcoa Highway Monday.
According to Knoxville Police, the accident was reported just after noon on Alcoa Highway near Ginn Road. Three vehicles were involved.
As of 1:00 pm, all southbound lanes of Alcoa Highway are closed because of the accident. Investigators are working to get one lane reopened. Northbound lanes are open, but traffic is moving slow.