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Crews clear 48,000 lbs of powdered sugar off I-40E after multi-tractor trailer crash

KPD responded to the crash early Monday morning, all lanes of I-40E just past I-640 near Chilhowee Drive are still closed due to the crash.
Credit: Mark Nagi TDOT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Update (12/14 5 p.m.): 

According to TDOT spokesperson Mark Nagi, approximately 48,000 pounds of powdered sugar has been cleaned off of I-40E after the multi-tractor trailer crash early Monday. 

The wrecked commercial vehicles have been towed, according to TDOT. 

All lanes of I-40 reopened around 9:45 a.m.

Officials said the wet roadway played a factor in the crash.

Only one was person injured. The injuries are non-life-threatening.

Original Story: 

Shortly after 4 a.m. Monday morning, the Knoxville Police Department responded to a crash on I-40E near Chilhowee Drive at MM 393 involving multiple tractor-trailers. 

Currently, there is no word on when the route will re-open. KPD said to use an alternate route. 

Officials said to take the Cherry Street Exit to Asheville Highway as an alternate route to re-enter I-40E.

There is also not any word on the condition of the drivers involved in the crash. 

This is a developing story. We will continue to update, as we learn more. 

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