I-40 reopens near White Bridge Pike after truck hits power pole

Two WB lane still blocked
Posted at 5:35 AM, Jul 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-22 12:55:22-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A portion of Interstate 40 has partially reopened near White Bridge Pike after a street sweeping crew knocked down power lines on the interstate.

The incident happened around 3:30 a.m. Thursday near exit 205. The sweeper truck was trying to empty its contents into a dump truck when it backed up and hit the power line.

Initially, wires were down across all lanes, but the lines have since been removed.

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The pole was snapped, and the wires above it could be seen hanging. Metro police said they closed the interstate in both directions because crews were concerned about the pole falling.

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At one point, Nashville Electric Service officials reported nearly 400 outages in the area. Power has since been restored.