UPDATE: Overturned truck carrying 35K pounds of M&M’s closes I-40 eastbound ramp at exit 383 in Knoxville


UPDATE (11:40 a.m.) – New information has been released regarding a crash involving two 18-wheelers on I-40 in Knoxville Friday morning.

According to the Knoxville Police Department, officers responded to the scene at around 5:23 a.m.

Scott Erland, the Communications Manager for Knoxville Police Department, stated it appears the driver of the overturned truck was traveling east on the ramp to Papermill Drive and had to swerve to avoid hitting something in the roadway. It then went into the ditch, hit the concrete barrier on the left shoulder, rolled onto the passenger side and crashed into the other tractor-trailer, which was parked on the right shoulder of the exit ramp to Papermill Drive East.

Erland said that police had to remove the driver of the overturned truck due to it landing on the passager side. The driver was transported to the University of Tennessee Medical Center via American Medical Response for possible injuries that are not believed to be serious in nature.

No other injuries were reported. 

Erland added that he wasn’t aware of any charges being pressed.

The eastbound ramp at I-40 exit 383 in Knoxville was closed at 5:26 a.m. and is expected to re-open around 1 p.m.

Two tractor-trailers were involved in an accident that overturned one on I-40 in Knoxville Friday morning, closing the eastbound ramp to Papermill Drive.

Tennessee Department of Transportation Community Relations Officer Mark Nagi told News Channel 11 that one of the trucks was parked on the ramp at exit 383, and the other truck lost control, overturned and hit the parked semi from the back.

Courtesy of Mark Nagi via Twitter.

Nagi tweeted Friday morning that the truck was carrying approximately 35,000 pounds of candy.

Nagi told News Channel 11 that the candy inside the truck was M&M’s.

Courtesy of Mark Nagi via Twitter.

According to TDOT’s Smartway Map, the accident was reported at 5:26 a.m.

Nagi also said that the driver of the overturned truck was transported to an area hospital with an unknown injury but confirmed that it was not life-threatening.

The Knoxville Police Department is investigating the crash.

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