Wrong-way crash closes I-40E in Cumberland County

(source: Stephen Pelphrey)

CROSSVILLE (WATE) – Two separate crashes on Interstate 40 eastbound in Cumberland County shut down the interstate Monday night.

The first crash was reported at the 319 mile marker. Tennessee Highway Patrol says a truck going the wrong way hit another pickup pulling a utility trailer head on. Troopers said there was a large debris field and oil on the road. Two medical helicopters landed to take patients to the hospital.

Eastbound lanes were closed until after 10 p.m. Westbound lanes were closed for a time as well. Eastbound traffic was being diverted onto exit 317. A second crash with injuries was reported just before the exit, also blocking both eastbound lanes, but traffic was able to get around on the shoulder.

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