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TDOT: One person sent to the hospital after trailer fire on I-40, under Pellissippi Parkway

Right lanes were also blocked on I-40 West Tuesday afternoon after a vehicle fire broke out.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — UPDATE (Oct. 21 5:30 p.m.): Officials said that a truck driving on I-40 West pulling a fifth-wheel trailer pulled onto the shoulder with a brake fire in the trailer.

The driver was able to separate the truck from the trailer with the help of a bystander, according to officials. The bystander then suffered "an apparent cardiac event" according to a release from officials.

The Knoxville Fire Department worked with the victim until he was transported to a local hospital in an unknown condition.

No other injuries were reported.


OLD STORY: Traffic headed south on Pellissippi Parkway was blocked Tuesday afternoon near the I-40 interchange in West Knoxville, according to the Tennessee Department of Transportation, after a vehicle caught fire on the road.

The fire also affected traffic on nearby I-40 West, near Exit 376. The incident caused officials to block the right lanes of the road to traffic, TDOT said. Eastbound traffic was unaffected, according to officials. Lanes on I-40 West were totally closed earlier in the day, according to officials.

Information about the cause of the fire and any injuries were not immediately available.

This story will be updated when more information is available.

KPD Traffic Alert: All lanes of I-40 West are shut down at Pellissippi Parkway due to a vehicle fire. Pellissippi...

Posted by Knoxville Police Department - TN on Wednesday, October 21, 2020