SULLIVAN COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) — The Tennessee Department of Transportation’s (TDOT) SmartWay map reported lane closures on I-81 northbound Monday morning. As of 11:30 a.m., the map showed the interstate is clear again.
TDOT reported that the crash occurred near Exit 69 in Blountville. The reported wreck closed the right lane and shoulder.
A preliminary report from the Tennessee Highway Patrol revealed that the crash, which occurred at 7:36 a.m., involved a tractor-trailer and a 2011 Chevy Silverado 1500. The tractor-trailer’s driver had pulled over on the right shoulder and stepped out of the tractor-trailer.
The THP reported that the Chevy “failed to keep in its proper lane” and hit the tractor-trailer at mile marker 71.6 before coming to “an uncontrolled final rest off the right-hand side of the interstate.”
Neither drivers were injured during the incident.
Charges could follow as the THP continues to investigate the crash.