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

NET News Service • Dec 24, 2013 at 8:20 AM

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.

For more, read TimesNews.net.

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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

vehicle. 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 TimesNews.net for updates on this crash.

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