TDOT: Vehicle fire affects traffic on Interstate 81 South in Greene County


GREENE COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) – A cargo fire in Greene County has caused delays to southbound lanes on Interstate 81.

According to the Tennessee Department of Transportation, the cargo fire was reported at 11:03 a.m. on Wednesday near mile marker 26.

A report from the Tennessee Highway Patrol indicates that Scott Maccrehan of Maryland was driving his 1978 Chevy C30 Van/RV on I81 southbound when he noticed smoke coming from the hood.

The THP report states Maccrehan pulled off on the shoulder of the road, and “That’s when flames burst out, fully engulfing his vehicle.”

According to THP, there were no other passengers in the vehicle.

As of 12:15 p.m., the TDOT Smartway map shows southbound lanes are affected with the roadway partially blocked. Northbound lanes are not experiencing any delays.

You can track the crash and traffic with the TDOT SmartWay Traffic Map.

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