Troopers looking for a truck who left the scene of a wreck

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Troopers are looking for a truck driver who left the scene of a wreck on I-40 and Watt Road Tuesday night.

The wreck shut down the highway for hours, and traffic stayed backed up for even longer.

At 6:30pm, troopers say one tractor trailer pushed another into the retaining wall causing it to catch on fire on I-40 Westbound. The tractor trailer driver was hospitalized with burns.

Debris came off the truck and hit another pick up truck. The driver and passenger of that truck went to UT Medical Center.

Both drivers are in critical condition. The pick-up truck passenger is in stable condition.

Now police are looking for the truck that caused the wreck. They say it was a white tractor trailer with a red "M" on the side.

4 Rural Metro firefighters and 3 ambulances responded.

We will bring you any updates as we get them. Stay with volunteertv.com.


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  • by DAVE Location: Knox on Aug 24, 2011 at 01:00 PM
    Jeff YOUR info isn't totally accurate, Knoxville "Volunteer" Rescue Squad had to extricate what looked to be 2 patients from a pick up truck at that scene.. looked to be a big mess and thanks to all the emergency responders both Volunteer and Paid who risk their lives to do this everyday. Prayers go out to those involved.
  • by Stephen Katz Location: I-40 west on Aug 24, 2011 at 12:22 AM
    Thank you for this informative report. I just spent two hours in traffic at this accident scene and it's midnight. The burnt truck is still blocking all lanes and cars are aloes to squeeze by on the shoulder.
  • by Jeff Location: Knoxville on Aug 23, 2011 at 10:31 PM
    Should say four Rural/Metro fire engines, each with two man crews (8 firefighters total), but other than that your facts are accurate. Engines were from Watt Rd, Campbell Station Rd, Bluegrass Rd, and Summerdale Rd (Cedar Bluff area). Also, Lifestar was requested, but all 4 helicopters in the area were on calls, so the decision was made to take the burned patient by ground.
  • by John Cobb Location: Cambell Station on Aug 23, 2011 at 08:23 PM
    Sheriff's office is diverting traffic in both directions at Watt Road. East Bound I-40 backed-up to mile 368 at 7:45 PM and growing. Northbound I-75 backed-up at least to Kingston pike overpass at 7:50 PM. Good luck geting through it this eve.

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