Rock slide slows Alcoa Highway traffic

Rock slide slows Alcoa Highway traffic

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One lane of Alcoa Highway northbound was closed late Tuesday night due to a rock slide. One lane of Alcoa Highway northbound was closed late Tuesday night due to a rock slide.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A rock slide on Alcoa Highway in Knoxville put an unwelcome delay Wednesday in the morning commute for many drivers.

The slide was reported just after 10:30 p.m. in the northbound lanes near the U.S. Marine Center. The area is near the location of a rock slide that happened in early 2012.

Tennessee Department of Transportation spokesman Mark Nagi says the rock slide caused a driver hit a barrier wall. The driver was taken to the hospital.

Debris fell onto the roadway shoulder and right lane, requiring a lane closure.

TDOT engineers will examine the slide and maintenance crews are working to remove the debris.

TDOT says northbound commuters can detour around the slide by taking either John Sevier Highway to Chapman Highway or Pellissippi Parkway to Interstate 40.

Southbound traffic is not affected.

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