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I-40 westbound reopened in Jefferson Co. after fatal crash
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UPDATE 10 AM: All lanes were reopened Thursday morning, after a fatal crash left the road closed for hours Wednesday.

A report released by the Tennessee Highway Patrol identifies the man killed in a crash on I-40 in Jefferson County late Wednesday night.

THP reports Alberto Lostal, 53, was driving a tractor-trailer westbound on I-40 and failed to notice traffic had stopped. The report indicates Lostal slammed into the back of another semi truck, pushing it into the back of the truck that was stopped in front of it. The crash killed Lostal, and injured the other two truck drivers involved.

No word yet on their conditions.

The TDOT SmartWay map indicates the road was cleared at 9:36 a.m.

UPDATE 6 AM: Two westbound lanes are reopened as of 6 a.m. TDOT expects the scene to be cleared by 11 a.m.

UPDATE 5 AM: All westbound lanes on I-40 in Jefferson County near the Deep Springs Road exit are closed due to a fatal crash involving three tractor-trailers.

TDOT Smartway map has been updated to say it is not expected to be clear until 11 a.m.

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(WBIR) A fatal crash involving an overturned tractor trailer shut down the westbound lanes of I-40 late Wednesday night.

THP dispatchers confirmed with 10News that one person died.

The interstate crash happened at mile marker 412 near the Deep Springs Road exit a little before 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.

A TDOT spokesperson reported traffic would be diverted at exit 412 Deep Springs Road to State Route 9/Asheville Highway around the incident.

As of midnight, TDOT Smartway said the crash wouldn't be cleared until 3 a.m. Thursday.


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