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UPDATE: Wreck that closed eastbound lanes of I-26 claims a life

December 24th, 2013 8:20 am by NET News Service

UPDATE: Wreck that closed eastbound lanes of I-26 claims a life

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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Earlier report:

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.

Visit for updates on this crash.

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