I-40 back open in Knox County after pedestrian struck by vehicle

(SOURCE: TDOT)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) –  The pedestrian who was struck by a vehicle on Interstate 40 eastbound on Tuesday evening, is expected to make a full recovery.

A male pedestrian was lying in the left lane of the interstate when Knoxville Police arrived at the scene around 6:15 p.m.

The name of the pedestrian has not been released.

Rural/Metro Ambulance Service and the Tennessee Department of Transportation to provide medical attention and assist with traffic.

The eastbound roadway was closed for about an hour before traffic was cleared.

According to a witness, the victim was upset as he sat in the passenger side seat of a silver Hyundai that was traveling east on I-40. The victim threatened to jump out of the car and then opened the car door while it was still in motion. When the driver pulled to the side of the roadway, the victim got out of the car and ran onto the roadway. He was then struck by another vehicle.

The driver involved in the collision, pulled to the side of the roadway and waited for officers to arrive at the scene.

The victim was transported to University of Tennessee Medical Center. Police say his injuries were feared to be serious at the scene, but he regained consciousness at the hospital and expected to make a full recovery.

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