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Tractor trailer hauling scrap cars overturns on I-40 in Roane

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.

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Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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