A tractor-trailer crash has closed eastbound lanes of Interstate 26. (Photo by Nick Shepherd/NET News Service)
A nearly head-on crash killed a motorist Monday afternoon on Interstate 26, according to a news release from Kingsport Police Department Public Information Officer Thomas M. Patton.
According to the release, the KPD responded to the crash at mile marker 9 at about 1:30 p.m.
An investigation revealed a westbound tractor-trailer had a blowout on its front left tire, causing the driver to lose control.
The tractor-trailer struck a guardrail, crossed the median, broke through the cable barrier and entered the eastbound lanes.
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The eastbound lanes of Interstate 26 at mile marker nine in Sullivan
County are closed following an accident involving a tractor-trailer and
Traffic is at a standstill, and motorists needing to travel toward Johnson City should take an alternative route.
Emergency crews are on the scene.
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