Semi hits bottom of I-40 overpass on Asheville Hwy.

Semi hits bottom of I-40 overpass on Asheville Hwy.

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A semi hit the bottom of an Interstate 40 overpass on Asheville Highway. A semi hit the bottom of an Interstate 40 overpass on Asheville Highway.
The top of the tractor-trailer's load caught the bottom of the overpass, taking out a chunk of the bridge. The top of the tractor-trailer's load caught the bottom of the overpass, taking out a chunk of the bridge.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A semi hit the bottom of an Interstate 40 overpass on Asheville Highway, blocking multiple lanes of eastbound traffic early Thursday morning. It happened around 4 a.m.

The top of the tractor-trailer's load caught the bottom of the overpass, taking out a chunk of the bridge. Officials say the bridge passed an initial inspection, but Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) crews will do another more thorough inspection at 7 a.m.

6 News crews at the scene have learned that the Knoxville Police Department and Tennessee Highway Patrol have issued citations against the driver.

All lanes of Asheville Highway opened back up around 6:30 a.m.

No injuries have been reported.

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