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.


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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