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I-40 Re-Opens After Fatal Crash

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Sky 5 video shows the traffic back-up on westbound lanes of Interstate 40 after a fatal multi-vehicle crash at mile-marker 335 in Cumberland County. Sky 5 video shows the traffic back-up on westbound lanes of Interstate 40 after a fatal multi-vehicle crash at mile-marker 335 in Cumberland County.

CROSSVILLE, Tenn.- Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers re-opened the westbound lanes of Interstate 40 in Cumberland County at 6:45 p.m. Saturday. As of Sunday evening, the right shoulder was still closed and not expected to re-open until the semis can be towed away on Monday morning.

Westbound Interstate 40 was closed after a fatal multi-vehicle crash at mile-marker 335 in Cumberland County. The crash happened around 2 p.m. Saturday about 15 miles east of Crossville.

THP officials said, Donna Brennan, 62, the female drive of an eastbound Mercedes Benz left the road, traveled across the median, and slammed head-on into a westbound United Vanlines semi. They said Brennan was killed instantly. She was from Overton County.

"She came over across the median and hit into the semis," said eyewitness Leta Gregory of Mayfield, Ky.

Gregory was a passenger in one of the many vehicles snarled in a traffic standstill for four-and-a-half hours.

THP said the truck then skidded into the side of a westbound Stevens Transport semi.

"Both tractor-trailer trucks went off on the right side of the road," said THP Lt. Randy Hoover. "The one that was initially hit head-on with the car did catch on fire and burn."

Hoover said the male driver of the United semi was transported by medical helicopter to a Knoxville hospital. His female passenger was taken by ambulance to Cumberland Medical Center. The male driver of the Stevens truck also went to Cumberland Medical Center.

The United Vanlines semi was hauling furniture and personal belongings of families currently moving cross-country. Some of the contents were lost in the fire; others were scattered on the interstate.

Traffic was backed up for miles. Officials with the Tennessee Department of Transportation originally estimated to have westbound lanes opened around 11 p.m., but they opened ahead of schedule.

THP officials and clean-up crews decided to push the wreckage to the right side of the shoulder and resume at the first light of day Sunday.

Traffic was expected to be high on I-40 throughout the day and into the evening with Tennessee slated to host Vanderbilt at 6 p.m. in Knoxville.

 

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