CARYVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — A multivehicle crash along Interstate 75 near the Caryville exit in Campbell County closed the southbound lanes early Thursday morning. Traffic began moving again after a few hours as crews worked the scene.
An initial crash report from the Tennessee Highway Patrol states that three vehicles – two driven by Tennessee men and one unoccupied on the side of the interstate – were involved in the crash.
According to the report, a Toyota sedan driven by an 87-year-old Tennessee man was traveling southbound on I-75 when it left the lane of travel, struck a second vehicle, an unoccupied Jeep Cherokee parked on the shoulder of the roadway. Then, the Toyota struck the right shoulder guardrail and traveled into another lane, striking a third vehicle, a Chevrolet Sonic driven by a 43-year-old Tennessee man.
The Chevy came to an uncontrolled rest and overturned on its top. The 43-year-old driver, who had been wearing a seat belt, was taken to LaFollette Medical for minor injuries. He is also facing pending charges for a Suspended License and No Insurance.
The 87-year-old driver and the 67-year-old passenger in the Toyota were uninjured and were both wearing seat belts. The elderly driver is not facing any pending charges.
The Tennessee Department of Transportation shared initial information on the crash around 5:54 a.m., with spokesperson Mark Nagi tweeting it occurred at mile marker 134 near the Caryville exit.
Emergency crews including the Caryville Police Department and Tennessee Highway Patrol responded to the scene.
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Editor’s Note: This story has been updated.