Four people were transported with injuries to University of Tennessee Medical Center following a five-vehicle wreck at 11:20 a.m. Sunday on Interstate 40.
The wreck was westbound at mile marker 366 and resulted in the closure of both lanes.
Jennifer White, Loudon County E-911 Center director, said Loudon County Sheriff’s Office, Tennessee Highway Patrol and Priority Emergency Medical Services responded.
“Basically, we ended up with two vehicles that collided head on on the interstate,” Travis Estes, Priority Emergency Medical Services director, said. “... We had four total patients that were transported. No life-threatening injuries, all of them were stable condition, but obviously needed to be seen at the trauma center. All four were taken to (University of Tennessee) to the trauma center.”
According to preliminary accident information from THP, Jefferson Armes, 45, of Rockwood was driving east on Interstate 40 in the left lane when he traveled off the left side of the road, through the grassy median and struck a cable barrier.
His vehicle then entered the left lane of I-40 west and hit the second vehicle.
“Vehicle one then rebounded from the impact and overturned, coming to a final rest on the passenger side against the cable barrier,” according to THP. “Vehicle two came to a final rest at or near the area of impact. Vehicle three was traveling east on Interstate 40 and vehicles four and five were traveling west on Interstate 40. Vehicles three through five were struck by debris that was from the impact into the air as the crash occurred.”
Armes was charged with failure to exercise due care and failure to maintain lane.