UPDATE (4/17 AT 4:15 p.m.) — The Tennessee Highway Patrol reports that two tractor-trailers were traveling southbound on I-81 in Hamblen County when one struck the other in the back.
This caused that vehicle and the trailer of the other to catch fire, destroying both tractor-trailers, the release said.
One driver was airlifted to the Johnson City Medical Center, and the other driver was transported to Morristown Hamblen Medical Center by ground.
Both drivers were wearing their seatbelts.
GREENE COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) — According to the Mosheim Volunteer Fire Department, I-81 southbound will be completely closed for the next several hours following a tractor-trailer crash near mile marker 16.
The department said an alternate route would be Fish Hatchery to exit 15.
According to the Greene County Emergency Management, no traffic is allowed on I-81 at exit 23 southbound.
TDOT and the Greene County Sheriff’s Department continue to manage traffic and advise motorists to find alternative routes.
The Hamblen County Fire Department is also on scene assisting.
No other details were released at this time.
News Channel 11 will provide updates as we receive them on WJHL.com.