2 Dead In Wrong-Way Crash On Interstate 40 Near Knoxville

Posted at 11:17 AM, Jul 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-20 12:19:51-04

Two people have died in a fiery wrong-way crash in Knoxville that closed lanes of Interstate 40.

Knoxville Police Department spokesman Darrell DeBusk told media the crash was reported about 1 a.m. Wednesday, just west of the Interstate 275 exchange. Initially, the interstate was closed in both directions, but westbound lanes reopened midmorning. Eastbound lanes remained closed.

DeBusk said a white SUV traveling west in the eastbound lanes collided head-on with a tractor-trailer. Both drivers were killed.

KPD Sgt. Nate Skellenger said he arrived at the scene to find the tractor-trailer engulfed in flames and wreckage strewn over interstate lanes in both directions.

Knoxville Fire Department Capt. D.J. Corcoran said the semi-truck was hauling a hazardous, flammable chemical, which was allowed to burn off. The scene was still being cleared as of late morning.