KINGSTON, Tenn. (WATE) — Two people died as a result of a multivehicle crash along I-40 in Roane County Monday morning which shut down the eastbound lanes near mile marker 356, according to Tennessee Department of Transportation officials.
According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, a tractor-trailer traveling east I-40 was struck from behind by a Ford Transit. The tractor-trailer was slowing for traffic because both lanes were blocked approximately 50 yards ahead due to another crash when the crash took place. Rocket Rich, 63, of Rockwood and Adam Milburn, 39, of Rockford, Illinois, the driver and the passenger in the Ford, died as a result of the crash.
TDOT spokesperson Mark Nagi said just before noon Monday the affected lanes had reopened, but traffic would be slow for a bit.
Nagi had also tweeted Monday about the incident, saying traffic was being diverted utilizing the nearby exit ramp and entrance ramp as the crash is between the ramps. Approaching motorists were being advised to use Exits 352 & 350 as alternate routes.
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Editor’s Note: This story has been updated from a previous version as additional details became available.