COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A portion of Interstate 40 is closed Thursday due to a deadly crash.

Around 9 a.m., the Tennessee Highway Patrol in Cookeville stated the interstate was closed at mile marker 254 as officials worked to clear the area. Traffic is being diverted at exit 258.

Following the preliminary investigation, THP officials say a commercial vehicle failed to see slowed traffic within a construction zone. That vehicle rear-ended another commercial vehicle.

Two people in the first commercial vehicle have been pronounced dead. No other injuries have been reported at this time.

Authorities stated that the roadway will be closed for an extended period of time.

No additional information was immediately released.

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