UPDATE: Highway 81 has reopened, TDOT’s Smartway map indicates.
ERWIN, Tenn. (WJHL) — An overturned tractor-trailer closed a section of Highway 81 in Erwin on Tuesday.
According to the Southside Volunteer Fire Department, a tractor-trailer rolled down an embankment and overturned, resulting in multiple downed power poles and lines.
News Channel 11’s crew on the scene was told by authorities the tractor-trailer was hauling a load of beans.
No serious injuries were reported.
Both lanes on Highway 81 in the Bogart Hill area are closed, the department said. Unicoi County 911 informed News Channel 11 that the stretch of the highway will be closed into Tuesday night for cleanup, and all access is restricted.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol is also on the scene and is expected to provide further details at a later time.