I-40 reopens in Knoxville after tractor-trailer crash spills 24 tons of powdered sugar


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – I-40 in Knoxville has reopened after thousands of pounds of sugar were spilled in a crash involving several tractor-trailers early Monday morning.

All eastbound lanes of I-40 at Chilhowee Drive were closed and traffic was being diverted to I-640 W after a multi-vehicle crash was reported at 4:16 a.m.

Tennessee Department of Transportation spokesperson Mark Nagi said approximately 48,000 pounds of powdered sugar was spilled in the crash.

Westbound I-40 was also affected with the left lane blocked by emergency vehicles.

The condition of drivers involved in the crash have not been released.

It’s not the first time sweets have been spilled across major roadways in Knoxville. In July, I-75 in the city was closed for several hours after an overturned tractor-trailer spilled soda across the roadway.

Thousands of pounds of candy, including mint M&M’s, were spilled on I-40 E at Papermill Drive in December 2019.

This is a developing story and we’ll continue to update the details as they become available.

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