We’ve posted before about the importance of both safety around the holidays and safety when sharing the road with trucks. Both cause spikes in the number of people injured every year, and things were no different in Knoxville, Tennessee this year (despite how much around us was).
While concern over general safety is at an all-time high, it’s important we remember that road safety is as a part of that that’s as important as ever. Even those who leave their house less often are at risk of getting into a car accident, and the chances of severe injuries or fatalities can be increased when a large truck or tractor trailer is involved.
Local Tractor-Trailer Accident Spills Sugar and Shuts Down I-40
According to local news source, WATE, I-40 was recently forced to shut down temporarily after about 24 tons of powdered sugar were “spilled in a crash involving several tractor-trailers early [one] morning.”
According to the report:
“All eastbound lanes of I-40 at Chilhowee Drive were closed and traffic was being diverted to I-640 West after a multi-vehicle crash was reported at 4:16 a.m.”
After the accident which resulted in a spill of approximately 48,000 pounds (the equivalent to 24 tons), local officials commented that the crash resulted in minor injuries to one person and some damage to other commercial vehicles.
Knoxville’s Got a History of “Sugar” Related Accidents
Ironically enough, this isn’t the first time our hometown’s roads have been filled with sweets as a result of an tractor-trailer accident…
The WATE article went on to report that “it’s not the first time sweets have been spilled across major roadways in Knoxville. In July, I-75 in the city was closed for several hours after an overturned tractor-trailer spilled soda across the roadway. Thousands of pounds of candy, including mint M&M’s, were [also] spilled on I-40 East at Papermill Drive in December 2019.”
Stay Safe on the Road This Season!
Your safety is our utmost priority at G3 Help Me. This season, your gift to us can be taking extra precautions when driving around large trucks and trailers on the road.
Because this is an accident that occurs far too often, check out our article on Truck Accidents in Knoxville, TN to learn more about what you can do to prevent a life-changing crash.
Here’s a sneak peek:
- Give the truck extra room on the road
- Avoid tailing too closely
- Watch for tight or unexpected turns
- Use your signal and stay away from truck drivers that don’t
Our sympathies go out to the person injured in this accident. We’re wishing for fast healing for them this season. As always, stay safe out there and happy holidays.
If you or someone you know in Knoxville or the Tri-Cities is looking for guidance after being injured, we’re here to help. Give us a call at (865) 658-4012 to schedule your free, confidential case evaluation today. And as always, stay safe out there.