I-81 north reopens in Greene County after fiery tractor-trailer crash


GREENE COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) — TDOT says Interstate 81 has reopened in Greene County after a fiery crash involving tractor-trailers and a tow truck.

The crash happened Tuesday afternoon in the northbound lanes near mile marker 36 and Baileyton.

According to Don Chandley with the Greeneville Rescue Squad, three vehicles were involved in the crash, including two tractor-trailers. A tractor-trailer that was hauling cars caught fire.

According to a preliminary crash report by the Tennessee Highway Patrol, three people were injured. The extent of their injuries are not clear.

The crash report states that a tow truck had stopped on the shoulder to assist a Freightliner tractor-trailer with two blown tires. The two drivers were making their way to a truck stop off exit 36 when the tractor-trailer pulled out from the shoulder and into the path of a Volvo tractor-trailer. The Volvo struck the other tractor-trailer in the rear, sending the tow truck and tractor-trailer into the woodline off the right side of the interstate.

The Volvo tractor-trailer then became fully engulfed in fire in the middle of both lanes.

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