Deadly crash backs up traffic on I-40 in Putnam County

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(Source: Tennessee Highway Patrol)

PUTNAM COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – A deadly crash is causing traffic to be backed up for miles on Interstate 40 in Putnam County.

According to TDOT, the wreck was reported on the westbound side of Interstate 40 around 8:30 a.m. Thursday at mile marker 273, near Highways 141 and 56 just southwest of Cookeville.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol says two tractor trailers crashed in a near head on collision.

Putnam County Mayor Randy Porter says a tractor-trailer caught fire.

One westbound lane has been reopened after all of them were closed for several hours.

It is unclear when the interstate will fully reopen.

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