Motorcyclist killed in Knoxville crash that caused interstate closure


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – One person was killed early Tuesday morning in a multivehicle crash in Knox County forced traffic to be diverted for several hours.

Knoxville Police responded to a crash on I-40 at MM 395 involving a motorcycle and passenger vehicle around 5:20 a.m. Tuesday. The driver of the motorcycle was pronounced dead at the scene.

A KPD spokesperson said a motorcycle and a silver Volkswagen Jetta were traveling on I-40 West when the Jetta collided with the motorcycle. The male rider was thrown from the motorcycle and subsequently struck by numerous passing vehicles.

I-40 W at MM 398 was diverted onto Strawberry Plains Pike for multiple hours following the crash. All lanes of I-40 reopened around 9:30 a.m.

The identity of the motorcyclist has not been released at the time.

Delays were also reported on Asheville Highway between Strawberry Plains Pike and E Governor John Sevier Highway due to the diverted traffic.

Crash reconstruction officers are seeking information from anyone who might have witnessed the crash. Those with information potentially relevant to the investigation are urged to contact East Tennessee Valley Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, online at or via the free mobile app P3 Tips. Tipsters will remain anonymous.

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Editor’s Note: An erroneous update earlier this afternoon occurred. As of 3:45 p.m., police have not identified the motorcyclist killed in this morning’s crash. We apologize for the error.

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