The eastbound lanes of I-40 in Knoxville, Tennessee have been shut down due to a “crash involving multiple tractor trailers,” the Knoxville Police Department Tweeted.
KPD TRAFFIC ALERT: All lanes of I-40 East just past I-640 are closed due to a crash involving multiple tractor trailers. No ETA for clearing or opening any lanes. Please seek alternate routes. pic.twitter.com/7Vxn9T7Cw5— Knoxville Police TN (@Knoxville_PD) December 14, 2020
The crash occurred at approximately 4:16 am on Monday morning in the eastbound lanes of I-40 at the I-640 split, MM 393.
One lane of westbound I-40 is also blocked by emergency vehicles. Traffic is being detoured to I-640 west.
At this time, it is unclear how long the eastbound lanes will be shut down.
At approximately 7:30 am, CST, Mark Nagi, Community Relations Officer for the Tennessee Department of Transportation – Region 1, Tweeted “All wrecked commercial vehicles have been towed away. Work continues on the spilled load and destroyed trailers. Cargo was approximately 48,000 pounds of powdered sugar.”
All wrecked commercial vehicles have been towed away. Work continues on the spilled load and destroyed trailers. Cargo was approximately 48,000 pounds of powdered sugar. pic.twitter.com/RkHexZ1QBb— Mark Nagi (@MarkNagiTDOT) December 14, 2020
There is no information on how many vehicles were involved in the crash or the extent of injuries.
This is a developing story.
I-40 East is closed at the I-640 split (MM 393) in Knox County due to a multi-commercial vehicle crash. pic.twitter.com/8sciOjMAR0— Mark Nagi (@MarkNagiTDOT) December 14, 2020