Sullivan County

NEW INFO: One dead, one critically injured in I-81 / Hwy. 394 crash

UPDATE, 11:36 a.m.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol says it was the driver of the rig that was killed in the Wednesday morning crash when the tractor trailer left Interstate 81 northbound and landed on Highway 394 in Blountville.

The second passenger was in the sleeping compartment of the rig when the crash occurred. He is alert and talking with investigators but is listed in critical condition, the THP said.

The names of those involved in the crash have not been released.


UPDATE, 10:40 a.m.

News 5 received the following statement from a spokesperson at FedEx:

“Our thoughts are with the individuals involved in the accident in Blountville, Tennessee, this morning. Safety is our highest priority and we are cooperating fully with investigating authorities at this time.”

The statement also noted that customers can track their package by going to




The Tennessee Highway Patrol has confirmed one person is dead and another critically injured after a FedEx tractor trailer plummeted down between two bridges on Interstate 81's Exit 69 in Blountville Wednesday morning.

Preliminary information from the THP says the rig was traveling northbound when the driver lost control, entered and exited the median and the 18-wheeler was deposited onto Highway 394. The officer told News 5 that the cab of the rig was completely destroyed in the crash.

The patrolman also said that the FedEx truck had two personnel on board and was returning to Pennsylvania after making a stop in Nashville. The other passenger is listed in critical condition, the officer said. 

Highway 394 remains closed as critical response investigation teams examine the crash site. 

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