Issues with I-40 and I-75 surfaced late on Thursday, as a snowy mix is predicted to move into East Tennessee overnight.
Tractor-trailers were involved in a multivehicle collision that caused northbound I-75 traffic in Anderson County to come to a stop at mile marker 133 at approximately 8:30 p.m. Just before 9 p.m., southbound I-75 lanes in Campbell County were blocked at mile marker 153.
The Tennessee Department of Transportation’s Mark Nagi stated that extremely ice conditions had been seen on I-75 in the vicinity.
Because of the slippery road conditions and freezing rain, Nagi said on Twitter that travel is not advised tonight in many areas of East Tennessee. Numerous crashes have already occurred in the counties of Campbell, Loudon, Roane, and Knox. Avoid driving.
Travel is not recommended tonight in many spots in East Tennessee due to freezing rain and icy road conditions. We have already seen multiple crashes in Knox, Roane, Campbell and Loudon counties. Stay off the roads. Latest information at https://t.co/MXR4OaJX1f. pic.twitter.com/TMEtyYOPmr
Mark Nagi (@MarkNagiTDOT) January 19, 2024
Multiple crashes shut down I-40 East at Rockwood Mountain in Roane County at nine o’clock at night. Two tractor-trailer crashes were seen in the region by TDOT SmartWay cameras.
Overturned automobiles caused lane delays in both directions as Loudon County approached the I-40 split on I-75. Furthermore, there was an overturned tractor-trailer visible in the I-75 median close to the Highway 321 exit.
Tractor-trailer overturned; seen by TDOT SmartWay cameras on I-75 close to the Highway 321 exit.