KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Interstate 40 in Cocke County was closed for several hours on Tuesday as Tennessee Department of Transportation crew work to clear an overturned tractor-trailer from the roadway.

An overturned tractor-trailer on I-40 at mile marker 431 near Exit 432, 432A and 432B to Newport or Sevierville was reported around 11 a.m. Tuesday. Tennessee Department of Transportation Spokesperson Mark Nagi said the incident was reported as a Hazmat situation and stuck traffic is being turned around as crews respond to the scene.

Eastbound traffic reopened around 5:30 p.m. after being diverted to U.S. Route 25/70 at Exit 424 for several hours. The westbound traffic reopened around 7:40 p.m. after the tanker was been removed and all debris has been cleared from the roadway.

I-40 W at MM 431 in Cocke County closed on Tuesday, July 7 due to an overturned tractor-trailer
I-40 W at MM 431 in Cocke County closed on Tuesday, July 5 due to an overturned tractor-trailer. Photo: Tennessee Department of Transportation

Heavy traffic in both directions of U.S. Route 25/70 has been reported as a result of the redirection.