THP: Driver charged with DUI after multi-vehicle crash involving tractor-trailer on Interstate 81 in Greene Co.


GREENE COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) – UPDATE – A driver is facing several charges after allegedly causing a crash in Greene County on Friday morning while driving under the influence.

According to a report from the Tennessee Highway Patrol, three vehicles were involved in a crash on Interstate 81 South near mile marker 19.

THP reports around 6:50 a.m., a Nissan Altima headed south on I-81 lost control and hit the guard rail.

The Altima came to rest in the second lane when another vehicle and a tractor-trailer approached the crash site in both lanes.

A Subaru Impreza was in the same lane as the Altima and was unable to switch lanes, due to the tractor-trailer being in the other lane.

During the crash, the impact caused the tractor-trailer to hit the Subaru.

THP identified the driver of the Altima as Fransisco Vargas, 48 of Boone, North Carolina.

Vargas is charged with DUI, driving without a license, failure to provide financial responsibility and open container.

No one was injured in the crash, according to THP.

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A multi-vehicle crash on Interstate 81 South in Greene County is causing traffic delays on Friday morning.

According to the Tennessee Department of Transportation SmartWay Traffic Map, the crash occurred near mile marker 19 on I-81 South in Greene County.

TDOT says the crash was reported at 7:29 a.m. and is expected to be cleared by 8:30 a.m.

The crash has closed the left southbound lane, according to TDOT.

The crash is not affecting northbound traffic on the interstate.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol is providing information on the crash. News Channel 11 has reached out to THP for more information.

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