Car accidents on Interstate 40 back up holiday traffic

Car accidents on Interstate 40 back up holiday traffic

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Multiple wrecks on I-40 in West Knoxville caused traffic headaches Monday for holiday travelers.

Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers said the first incident was a chain reaction involving three separate car accidents. The cars were in the eastbound lanes of I-40 near the Campbell Station Road exit around 4:30 p.m.

One of the wrecks started when a tractor-trailer driven by Steven Tiner, 49, of Winchester, Tenn. rear-ended a SUV after the driver of the SUV, Gennadiy Reshetnyak, of Washington state slowed because of another wreck. The sudden stop caused Tiner to slam into the back of the SUV. Tiner was cited for following too closely.

Six cars were involved in the ensuing chain reaction. One woman was transported by ambulance to Tennova West for treatment and a second injured motorist transported himself to the hospital.

Traffic was backed up for several hours. Crews cleared the scene around 8:00 p.m.

Another accident backed up traffic near the Papermill Road exit. A car in front of Sylvia Boring's 2004 Pontiac GrandAm slammed on the brakes. Boring tried to avoid a collision. The 22-year-old slammed her brakes and hit the concrete wall.

She was also injured and transported to Tennova West.

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