Truck overturns on Elizabethton expressway

John Thompson • Updated Dec 26, 2019 at 4:53 PM


ELIZABETHTON — The Elizabethton Police Department is working a wreck involving an overturned tractor trailer on the Elizabethton expressway (Tenn. Highway 67). The crash is in the sharp curve approaching the intersection with the Milligan Highway.

Both eastbound lanes leading into Elizabethton from Johnson City were temporarily closed after the wreck, but emergency crews were able to open one of the lanes shortly before noon. Both lanes have since been closed temporarily while tow truck work to recover the wrecked vehicle.

The Elizabethton Police Department said the driver sustained minor injuries in the single-vehicle crash and was transported to a local hospital for treatment. Emergency crews working the wreck included the Elizabethton Police Department, the Elizabethton Fire Department, and the Carter County Rescue Squad. The Tennessee Highway Patrol responded to the crash and will be investigating.

A police department Tip411 community alert asked motorists to “please use caution driving through the area to insure the safety of the officers, the vehicle recovery company, and other motorists in the area. There is no hazardous cargo on the truck. There is no estimate on when both lanes of the road will be open at this time. The clean up usually takes several hours, so expect the slow down to last into this evening.”

The 12:50 p.m. alert said “right now, thanks to help from the Johnson City Police Department, eastbound traffic from Johnson City is being diverted to the Milligan Highway as the tow trucks are working and need both lanes to get the truck righted.

Tenn. Highway 67 eastbound will be re-opened to one lane as soon as possible. As mentioned above, traffic could be down on one lane for several hours.

Previously reported:

ELIZABETHTON — Both eastbound lanes of the Elizabethton expressway were temporarily closed after a truck overturned near the Elizabethton Golf Course Thursday morning.

One lane was reopened before noon as workers continued to clear the wreck. The truck ended up on its side. There were no immediate report of injuries.

The accident resulted in traffic backup and motorists gong to Elizabethton from Johnson City are encouraged to use the Old Elizabethton Highway (Tenn. Highway 91).

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