KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Eastbound I-40 in Knoxville is closed as emergency crews respond to a multivehicle crash that happened Tuesday morning near Strawberry Plains Pike. Knoxville Police officials say one person is dead and two others are being treated at area hospitals.

Officers said responded to a call about a crash with injuries on I-40 E near McMillan Road. There they found the driver of a vehicle traveling west had lost control and crossed into the eastbound lanes, hitting another vehicle.

Two occupants of the westbound vehicle were taken to the hospital, where one of them was pronounced dead and the other person is in critical condition. The driver in the eastbound vehicle was also taken to the hospital for treatment of non-critical injuries.

KPD says its Crash Reconstruction investigators remain on scene and their investigation is continuing at this time. The identity of the deceased is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.  

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