Several injured victims were taken to the hospital after a four-vehicle crash along westbound I-40 in Knoxville occurred during the early morning of Oct. 31. The accident started shortly before 5:15 a.m. with a rear-end collision that left one vehicle stranded in the middle of the road. Luckily, occupants of the car were able to flee before an approaching semi-truck collided with their vehicle.
The car accident involved two cars and two semi-trucks. According to police reports, a chain reaction was started by an initial two-car crash. When a first car was rear-ended by a second car, the impact caused the first car to travel into the grass median. The second car was left sitting in the middle of the road where the occupants abandoned it.
As the unoccupied vehicle remained in the middle of the road without its lights on, it was struck by the first semi-truck. In an attempt to avoid the crash scene, a second semi-truck ended up rolling over after jackknifing. Following the accident, authorities were forced to shut down all westbound lanes between Strawberry Plains and Midway Road for over five hours. The driver of the first semi-truck and several others were transported to UT Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.
So far, there have been no reports as to whether any of the drivers involved have been charged. Pending the results of an investigation, injured victims may wish to file a lawsuit against the driver or drivers at fault. A personal injury lawyer may be able to help victims in their effort to seek compensation for lost wages, medical expenses and pain and suffering.
Source: WBIR, “I-40 back open after wreck: will close again tonight”, October 31, 2013