A person trying to cross I-75 northbound Tuesday night was hit by a tractor-trailer and died, according to Tennessee Highway Patrol.

The crash happened at mile 61 in Monroe County near Sweetwater at around 9:06 p.m.

According to a THP report, James R. Gart, 33, was hit and killed by the tractor-trailer while attempting to cross northbound lanes of traffic.

Shortly before the incident, the Tennessee Highway Patrol said there was a separate multi-vehicle wreck a few hundred yards away on I-75 southbound. The incidents combined shut down both lanes of traffic for several hours.