Sullivan County

Update: Driver charged in Interstate 81 crash

SULLIVAN COUNTY, Tenn. - November 15, 2013 Update 11:15 p.m.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol has released new facts on a crash that closed I-81 for nearly four hours Friday night in Sullivan County.

Troopers told News 5 a car failed to yield and hit a tractor trailer from behind around 5:20 p.m. Friday.  The tractor trailer was carrying 42,000 pounds of lime.

The driver of the car 48-year-old Brian Smith is charged with Reckless Aggravated Assault, DUI, and Failure to Exercise Due Care.

Three people were hurt including a teenager in the car.

November 15, 2013 Update 10:00 p.m.

Interstate 81 reopened about 9:00 p.m. after being closed for nearly four hours.  Traffic flow is back to normal.

November 15, 2013 Update 7:00 p.m.

Part of Interstate 81 in Sullivan County is shut down while troopers investigate a crash.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol says northbound traffic is being diverted off then back on at exit 69 which is Highway 394.

Troopers told News 5, an SUV ran under the back of a tractor trailer carrying 44,000 pounds of a mineral solution around 5:20 Friday afternoon.

Injuries were reported.  Investigators have not said if they will issue any tickets.

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