WB I-40 Closed Near Crossville After Wrong-Way Crash

Posted at 1:54 PM, Jan 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-17 19:56:09-05

Westbound lanes of Interstate 40 have been closed outside Crossville after a pickup drove into oncoming traffic and hit two semi-trucks.

The crash happened around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday near mile marker 316. 

Officials from the Tennessee Highway Patrol said the black Dodge pickup was heading east in westbound lane of I-40 in Cumberland County just before the Highway 127 exit. 

The truck was driven by 43-year-old Dorothy Smith. A semi hauling two trailers was unable to avoid Smith, and struck the pickup, which then spun around and hit another semi pulling an automobile hauler. 

The first semi was then struck in the rear by the second one. 

Officials said none of the drivers were injured. 

Smith was arrested and charged with driving under the influence and driving the wrong way on the interstate. 

Troopers were working in subfreezing temperatures. 

Westbound lanes were closed, and not expected to re-open until after 7:30 p.m. Traffic was backed up for about two miles. 

Drivers have been advised to find alternate routes. One option was to exit the interstate at the 320 exit at Generis Road, turn right at Interstate Drive and another right onto Highway 70N. Then return to I-40 at the mile marker 311 entrance. 

A viewer's dash cam caught the truck on camera before it crashed.