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KPD: Pedestrian dead after crash on I-40 East near Papermill Drive

The Knoxville Police Department said the person was hit and killed by a tractor-trailer.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The Knoxville Police Department said a pedestrian died after a crash on eastbound Interstate 40 Friday afternoon. 

Edward William Abrams, a 49-year-old from Knoxville, died after a tractor-trailer hit him just east of Papermill Drive, KPD said. 

Police responded to the call at around 3:08 p.m., according to KPD. They said a preliminary investigation showed Abrams ran into the road "for reasons that remain unknown" and was then hit by a tractor-trailer. He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a release.

Police closed several of the lanes on the highway Friday afternoon as they worked on the crash. The lanes were back open by around 5:45 p.m.

Authorities said they were continuing to investigate the crash late Friday afternoon.