Truck crash closes I-40 East in Wilson Co. - WSMV Channel 4

Truck crash closes I-40 East in Wilson Co.

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MOUNT JULIET, TN (WSMV) -

A semi-truck crash brought traffic to a standstill on I-40 overnight Monday.

Crews were forced to shut down I-40 East after a truck went barreling through a construction zone and burst into flames.

The wreck happened on I-40 East near Beckwith Road between Lebanon and Mount Juliet.

Police said the semi-truck driver, who was hauling produce, fell asleep at the wheel where the interstate had been reduced to one lane because of road work.

The truck hit a retaining wall and crashed. There wasn't anyone working in the construction area at the time.

The driver was able to escape with minor injuries.

One lane was open on I-40 East just after 4 a.m. The second lane in the construction area was expected to be open by 5 a.m.

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