KPD e-News Release: Interstate 81 Back Open in Kingsport

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

ThomasMPatton • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

SUBJECT: Interstate 81 Back Open in Kingsport
DATE: March 15, 2017
CASE #: 17-005968
On Wednesday, March 15, 2017, effective as of approximately 12:15 PM, Interstate 81 in Kingsport is back open with normal traffic patterns resuming. The tractor trailer rollover and subsequent fire that spurred the extensive I-81 closure remains under investigation. No injuries were reported.

As previously released:

On Wednesday, March 15, 2017 as of 2:30 AM, the northbound lanes of Interstate 81 in Kingsport have been completely shut down. This closure comes as a result of an overturned tractor trailer that was initially fully involved in flames. No injuries were reported. Both the Kingsport Police and Fire Departments are on scene.

The actual incident is at mile marker 59; however, I-81 has been closed at mile marker 57 at the I-26 interchange. Complete or partial lane closures will likely remain in effect for the remainder of the night to allow for the fire to be extinguished, as well as the safe investigation of the incident and cleanup of the scene.

Motorists already in the immediate area are asked to exercise caution and patience and obey all traffic instructions. All other motorists are encouraged to make themselves aware of this incident and plan an alternate route so as to avoid the area altogether and prevent any unnecessary traffic congestion and delays.

Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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