TDOT: Lanes reopen hours after semi truck goes off I-81 bridge, driver will not face charges


UPDATE: 8:40 p.m.

The driver of the tractor-trailer that ran off I-81 before landing on Highway 11E below will not be charged.

According to a crash report, Jack Ross Fee, 52, of La Fayette, GA, was traveling on I-81 in a tractor-trailer when he lost control after suffering a blowout. 

He was airlifted to Holston Valley Medical Center for treatment of serious injuries. There is still no update on his condition. 

No charges were filed.

According to the Tennessee Department of Transportation, all lanes reopened around midnight Thursday. 

UPDATE: 4:42 p.m.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol confirms a tractor-trailer ran off Interstate 81 causing serious travel delays.

According to Sgt. Noah Click with THP, the semi-truck was traveling on I-81 southbound when it had a blowout.

The driver lost control of the truck before driving up an embankment and landing on Highway 11E in the northbound lanes. 

The truck was not hauling any hazardous materials. 

The driver was flown to Holston Valley Medical Center where he is currently being treated. His condition is unknown at this time. 

Right now crews are working to clear debris off the roadway in order to get traffic moving.

Original Story below:

People are advised to use caution while driving down Interstate 81 this afternoon. 

Tennessee Department of Transportation confirms a crash is causing delays on State Route 34. 

TDOT says both north and southbound traffic is affected and traffic is being diverted to other routes. 

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