THP: Hydroplaning car causes tractor-trailer to jackknife on I-81 Wednesday


Photo: Fall Branch Volunteer Fire Department

GREENE COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) – UPDATE – Authorities report that a hydroplaning vehicle caused a tractor-trailer to lock up its brakes and jackknife on Interstate 81 on Wednesday morning.

According to a report from the Tennessee Highway Patrol, a black Chevrolet Malibu was traveling south on Interstate 81 at mile marker 49 ahead of a tractor-trailer in Greene County when it began to hydroplane and lose control.

THP reports the truck driver locked up his brakes to avoid colliding with the Chevrolet.

The Chevrolet ran off the right side of the roadway, and the tractor-trailer ran off the left side, where it jackknifed in the median.

The tractor-trailer blocked the left lane of Interstate 81 South.

THP reports the vehicles never made contact with one another and the passenger of the Chevrolet sustained minor injuries.

The driver of the tractor-trailer did not suffer any injuries.

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All lanes are back open on Interstate 81 South in Greene County.

The southbound lanes had been closed following a multi-vehicle crash that led to one person being transported for minor injuries.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation has announced all of the lanes are back open.

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Officials are currently on the scene of a multi-vehicle crash on I-81 South in Greene County.

According to the Fall Branch Volunteer Fire Department, all of the occupants of the vehicles were safely removed.

One occupant was transported by personnel for minor injuries.

One lane of traffic is still closed as of 9:15 a.m. Drivers are urged to use caution in the area.

TDOT estimates the scene to be clear by 10:30 a.m.

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A multi-vehicle crash in Greene County has closed I-81 South.

According to the Tennessee Department of Transportation, the crash occurred at mile marker 49.

TDOT reports the crash was reported at 8:30 a.m.

Tennessee Highway Patrol tweeted saying both lanes are currently shut down, but the shoulder is open.

Northbound traffic on I-81 is not affected.

The scene is estimated to be cleared by 10:30 a.m.

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