CARYVILLE (WATE) – The northbound lanes of Interstate 75 in Campbell County reopened at 11:30 Wednesday night after what officials say was a hit and run crash that involved a tractor trailer.
The wreck closed the northbound lanes of I-75 at mile marker 134, near the Caryville exit, on Wednesday afternoon.
The Tennessee Department of Transportation redirected traffic to exit 129, near Norris Freeway. This sent drivers up Highway 116.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol says an unknown car hit a 2002 Pontiac Grand Am driven by Lindsey Chapman, 31, in the rear. The impact caused Chapman to lose control of her vehicle and leave the roadway, striking the guardrail cables.
Chapman’s Pontiac then reentered the roadway, directly in the path of a tractor trailer driven by Richard Harn, 63. Harn tried to avoid Chapman’s Pontiac by entering the shoulder, but the tractor trailer struck the Pontiac and overturned.
The tractor trailer then hit the guardrail cables and blocked both lanes of I-75 northbound.
While Chapman did not see the vehicle that hit her vehicle, Harn says he believes it was a green or black tractor trailer.
The driver that caused the accident did not stop and continued on without making a report. Charges are pending.
Troopers say Chapman and Harn may have suffered injuries.