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One dead after tractor trailer hits car head-on near Interstate 26/81 junction in Kingsport

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(Source: Scott Foster) (Source: Scott Foster)
KINGSPORT, TN (WJHL) - The Kingsport Police Department is investigating a fatal accident that happened Monday afternoon around 1:30 p.m. near the Interstate 26 and 81 junction. 

Officers say a tractor trailer, was traveling westbound Interstate 26 West -- approaching mile marker 9 – when it struck the guardrails, crossed over the median and struck a car traveling in the eastbound lanes

The 2009 Kia Rio sedan was struck head-on by the tractor trailer. The driver of the Kia, 57-year-old Fredrick T. Grevell of Church Hill, TN was killed.

The driver of the tractor trailer, 46-year-old John Bailey of Jonesborough, TN,  told investigators his left front tire blew out causing him to lose control.

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