UPDATE: Names released in deadly wrong way crash on I-40


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Knoxville Police say a Jeep Liberty was driving the wrong way on I-40 E when it hit a semi truck head on around 2:49 Saturday morning.

The driver of the Jeep, 27-year-old Bryan Glen Winfree, of Knoxville, died at the scene.

The driver of the semi, 55-year-old Dave Wallis Sites Jr., was taken to U.T. Medical Center with non life-threatening injuries.

Police say alcohol may have been a factor in the crash.

Investigators reconstructed the incident and I-40 E was partially closed for several hours.



UPDATE: 5:15 AM 12/21/13

Knoxville Police have confirmed at least one person has died in an early morning car crash on I-40. THP officers are redirecting traffic off the interstate as KPD continues its investigation of what caused the wreck.

Eastbound traffic on I-40 is being rerouted to I-640. The shoulder is open for traffic to pass by the scene of the accident for traffic coming in from I-640.

As of 4:00 AM, investigators were beginning to reconstruct the scene. No word as to how long the interstate will be closed.


ORIGINAL STORY:

Interstate 40 is shut down in both directions at Middlebrook Pike due to a major crash. The accident involved a tractor trailer and another vehicle. Both vehicles caught fire. No word on the extent of injuries or when the interstate will reopen.


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