(WBIR) On Monday, Knoxville police identified two people killed in a six-vehicle crash that backed up traffic on I-40 east near Asheville Highway for miles Friday afternoon.
The first accident happened when traffic came to a halt on the eastbound ramp to Asheville Highway. A tractor trailer rear-ended a white car, pushing it into an SUV. The driver of the white car, 44-year-old Russell Greer, and his passenger, 64-year-old Rose Briotte, died in the crash. Briotte would have turned 65 on Sunday.
Crews took the driver to the University of Tennessee Medical Center for emotional distress due to the accident. At this time, police said no charges have been filed against the tractor trailer driver.
Knoxville police said they think the first accident caused the second. A truck rear-ended a Dodge Charger, causing it to hit a side wall and sideswipe a tractor trailer. Crews took one person in that crash to UT Medical Center.
(WBIR) Interstate 40 eastbound is back open more than six hours after a deadly series of crashes on Friday afternoon left traffic backed up for miles.
Two people died in the crash; medics took two other victims to UT Medical Center.
According to Knoxville Police Department Sgt. Travis Brasfield, six vehicles were involved in the two crashes on I-40 east near Asheville Highway.
The first crash happened when traffic came to a halt on the eastbound ramp to Asheville Highway. A tractor trailer rear-ended a white car, and pushed it into an SUV. In that wreck, two people in the middle car died.The driver of the tractor trailer went to UT Medical Center.
Knoxville Police said they think the second crash was caused by the first. A truck rear-ended a Dodge Charger, causing it to hit a side wall and sideswipe a tractor trailer. Crews took one person in that accident to UT Medical Center.
Sgt. Brasfield said the stretch of road most likely sees the most traffic in the city.
"You have all of South 75 and North 75 coming together and this stretch of road ties into I-81 and I-40," he said.
One lane of I-40 east reopened to traffic around 5 p.m. One lane of I-40 west was temporarily shut down, as well. Drivers took detours around the crash scene; however, it backed up traffic for miles.
One of the victims from the first crash did not want to go on camera, but she told 10News she was driving with her three children, all under the age of 7. All four walked away from the scene just hours after the crash.
"God was watching over us," she said.
Officials will release the names of the victims after they notify family members. We are also waiting to find out the names of the two victims who were hospitalized and their conditions. God was watching over us," she said.