5 injured, including 3 children, in crash on I-81 near I-40 interchange


(Photo: TDOT)

DANDRIDGE, Tenn. (WJHL) – Five people were taken to a hospital after a crash on Interstate 81 in Jefferson County.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol says it happened around 4:30 p.m. Thursday on I-81 north at mile marker four.

According to THP, a Chevrolet Suburban lost control and struck the right side of a tractor-trailer, causing both vehicles to go off the road and into a ditch. The Suburban further traveled under the tractor-trailer and rolled over.

The driver of the Suburban, Ryan Federici, 39 of New Jersey, and four passengers were taken to UT Medical Center in Knoxville. The passengers included an adult woman, a 14-year-old boy, a nine-year-old girl, and a two-year-old boy.

The driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured according to THP.

Multiple medical helicopters were called to the scene according to TDOT.

As of 9:30 p.m., TDOT says one lane of I-81 north has been reopened.

THP says charges against Federici are pending.

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