Despite slight increase, fewer I-26 crashes reported in 2018 than five years ago

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The number of crashes on Interstate 26 in Tennessee increased in 2018, but data shows there were far fewer crashes last year compared to five years before.

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, crashes increased by about 10% last year, from 348 in 2017 to 387 in 2018.

However, data shows a 27% decrease in the number of crashes from 2013 to 2018, from 533 to 387. 

No fatal crashes were reported last year, down from two the year before. 

2018 did see an increase in the number of crashes on I-26 in Washington and Sullivan counties. In Washington County, crashes increased from 123 in 2017 to 146 in 2018. In Sullivan, crashes increased from 97 to 130.

Still, crashes have decreased over the last five years in both counties. 

I-26 in Tennessee stretches about 54 miles from its western terminus in Kingsport to the Tennessee-North Carolina line at the top of Sams Gap. 

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