Knoxville man dies after striking light pole on I-40

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The Knoxville Police Department confirmed Tuesday that a man was killed in a crash on I-40 Monday.

Douglas Wright, 72, of Knoxville died Monday when he was involved in a traffic crash with a semi-truck on I-40 W near Papermill Drive in Knoxville. According to a preliminary KPD report, Wright’s vehicle continued west after the crash and struck a light pole on the south side of the interstate.

The crash caused the light pole to fall across the right two lanes of I-40 W, damaging another vehicle. Neither the semi-truck driver nor the driver of the car damaged by the falling light pole were injured. 

Wright was transported to UT Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased. 

The investigation is ongoing at this time. 

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