Morning crashes cause major delays in Knoxville for drivers

(Source: Knoxville Police Department)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Two crashes caused numerous traffic delays for Knoxville drivers on Wednesday morning.

The first crash was reported around 3:45 a.m. when a 2015 Freightliner tractor-trailer, owned by Hari Inc., overturned on Interstate 40 west at the Interstate 275 interchange.

Knoxville police say the driver, Mohamed Hassan of California, lost traction of the trailer due to heavy rain.

The 30-year-old then tried to regain control of the vehicle, but was unsuccessful, officer said.

He was transported to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

The passenger was not injured.

Hassan will not face charges.

The second crash involved six vehicles and was reported around 8:30 a.m. on I-40 west at Cherry Street.

According to the investigation, 41-year-old Ronnie Heaton of Elizabethton, was driving his 2015 Freightliner faster than conditions allowed when he came across a traffic from the previous crash.

The semi-truck hit a Dodge Challenger before crashing into and causing four additional vehicles to crash.

The driver of the Challenger received minor injuries, officers said.

Heaton was cited for driving faster than conditions allowed and following too closely.

The truck he was driving is owned by Jack Hicks Inc. of Elk Park, North Carolina.



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