Putnam County fatal crash - 5/11/21

One person was killed in a crash on Interstate 40 in Putnam County.

SILVER POINT, TN (WSMV) - One person was killed when a tractor-trailer traveled off Interstate 40 and struck an overpass in Putnam County on Monday.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol said Billy E. Holcomb, 52, of Soddy-Daisy, TN, was driving east on I-40 when the tractor-trailer he was driving went off the right side of the interstate near Highway 56 and crashed into the overpass around 3 p.m.

The truck crashed into the overpass head-on and caught fire.

Tennessee Department of Transportation said the outer bridge beam was damaged in the crash and will have to be replaced. The rest of the beams are safe and are in good condition.

The Highway 56 bridge over the interstate will remain closed until TDOT can install temporary barriers on Tuesday. When the barriers are installed, the bridge will be reopened with traffic shifted to one side of the bridge, away from the damaged beam. The bridge will have two lanes open to traffic. The bridge repair crew will install temporary supports before the end of the week to help stabilize the damaged area until the beam can be replaced. I-40 traffic will not be affected.

TDOT is planning to have a bridge beam replacement project let to contract in August for final repairs. After the beam replacement project begins later this summer, traffic on the bridge will likely be reduced to one lane and controlled with a temporary signal system. I-40 should not be affected other than possibly having a shoulder closure.


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