KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Multiple reported traffic incidents and crashes affected Knoxville drivers Wednesday morning. The WATE 6 Storm Team said rain was moving through the region as visibility was reduced in the greater Knoxville area, and in East Tennessee.
Around 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Tennessee Highway police confirmed that they were working at the scene of a crash on I-40 East Bound at mile marker 360 in Roane County. The Tennessee Department of Transportation traffic area map, TDOT SmartWay, showed traffic slowing on both eastbound and westbound lanes. The crash was cleared by 3:30 p.m.
According to the TDOT SmartWay map, there were multivehicle crashes, emergency road work and a downed pole as of Wednesday morning.
TDOT spokesman Mark Nagi tweeted a video of the downed pole on I-640 at Western Avenue, which has caused some traffic delays as crews respond. The pole is no longer blocking lanes as of 9:05 a.m.
Another traffic incident on westbound Interstate 40 at Chilhowee Road is also causing delays as of 9:10 a.m.
The Knoxville Police Department reported an incident around 8:40 Wednesday morning on I-640 at Western Avenue, where a driver hydroplaned before striking a pole. KPD spokesperson Scott Erland said that the driver was uninjured, emergency workers were able to pull the vehicle back onto the road, and that the driver was able to drive the car away from the scene.
According to TDOT Smartway Map, a semi crashed off the road on I-75 South in Loudon County around 7:06 p.m. The lane was cleared after an hour of the crews helping to move the truck.
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WATE 6 Storm Team Meteorologist Michael Autovino says moderate to heavy rain is continuing to move through with reduced visibility in many areas.
Editor’s Note: This story will be updated as additional traffic information is made available. Use caution.