Three people were injured when a tractor-trailer hauling scrap cars overturned on I-40 in Roane County on Tuesday afternoon.
The crash was reported just before 2 pm on I-40 West near exit 347 in Harriman.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol says the tractor trailer, driven by 47-year-old Melvin Branson of Rockwood, was in a curve on the onramp to westbound 40 when it overturned and lost its cargo of crushed cars.
Some of the debris was thrown into traffic, including a van towing a boat driven by 53-year-old Ronald Burnett of Holly Springs, Mississippi, who hit the crushed cars in the left lane.
Branson and Burnett both suffered injuries in the crash, as did 42-year-old Stephen Ingle of Helenwood, who was a passenger in the van.
A third man, 52-year-old David Lee of Memphis, was in the rear cargo area of the van and was reported as having “possible injuries.”
Both westbound lanes were closed for over two hours.