MT. JULIET, Tenn. (WKRN) — One person was killed in a fiery crash involving a tractor-trailer that closed a portion of Interstate 40 in Wilson County Wednesday morning.
The crash happened around 5 a.m. at the Mt. Juliet Road exit.
The crash happened in the westbound lanes of I-40 directly under the Mt. Juliet Road overpass where construction is ongoing.
According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, 80-year-old tractor trailer driver Luther Stinson of Nashville was killed in the crash.
The THP crash report said Stinson lost control of the tractor-trailer, which left the roadway and struck a guardrail. The truck then struck a bridge support column and burst into flames. Stinson was found deceased inside the cab of the vehicle, according to THP.
The trailer was empty at the time of the crash and was not hauling any freight.
Two westbound lanes of I-40 and one lane of Mt. Juliet Road are currently closed to traffic. It is not known when the roadways will fully reopen.
A spokesperson for the Tennessee Department of Transportation said the damage to the support column is extensive, but the beams that support the bridge were not damaged in the crash.
Repairs to the column are required and could take up to three weeks or potentially longer, depending on if TDOT crews find any additional issues during repairs.
TDOT hopes to maintain three lanes of travel in the westbound lanes while repairs are ongoing.