Jack-knifed semi on I-40 causes traffic jam at Tennessee/North Carolina border


COCKE COUNTY, Tenn. (WATE) — If you’re soon to be heading west on Interstate 40 into North Carolina, you might want to wait a little longer before heading that way.

Both lanes on I-40 West closed at mile marker 450 after a tractor-trailer jack-knifed near the state line. One westbound lane reopened around 6 p.m., but traffic is backed up for several miles in each direction.

The semi is a double trailer, one of which is on its side.

Only one eastbound lane is open, as well. Officials have not released an estimate for when the wreck will be cleared.

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