Three killed in West Knox crash

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Three people were killed in a Sunday morning crash on Interstate 40 in West Knoxville, authorities said.

It wasn’t immediately clear if any charges would be filed in connection with the deadly collision, and authorities didn’t say if there were any indications of drug or alcohol use. 

“The circumstances of the crash are still under investigation, so it would be too soon to say that,” said Knoxville Police Department spokesperson Scott Erland.

The identities of the victims were being withheld pending notification of their next-of-kin. 

The two-vehicle crash occurred about 3 a.m. Sunday at the exit from I-40 West to Weisgarber Road, according to Erland.

“Based on the preliminary investigation, the following is believed to have occurred,” Erland said. “A Dodge pickup was traveling on the exit ramp when it left the roadway and struck a guardrail. The three occupants exited the vehicle and were standing next to it when a Chevrolet pickup struck the Dodge and its three occupants.”

All three of the people who had been standing by the Dodge were pronounced dead at the scene, he said. 

The driver of the Chevrolet truck was taken to an undisclosed area hospital with injuries that Erland characterized as non-life threatening.

“Crash Reconstruction investigators were requested to the scene,” he said. “The circumstances of the crash remain under investigation at this time.”

Published on October 18, 2021.