The end of summer is traditionally marked by the Labor Day holiday, a time for our country to reflect on the hard work of our fellow Americans. The long weekend is typically celebrated through picnics, pool parties, and barbecues, as families and friends enjoy the last few days of summer before fall and winter approach. Sadly, the Labor Day holiday is also one of the deadliest, with drunk drivers endangering themselves and others on America’s roadways.
The following information pertains to the crash that occurred on I40 East yesterday morning, 08-18-20. Please see 08-18-20 release below for additional information.
According to SPD Sgt. Shawn Crawford, the preliminary crash investigation indicates that a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado was traveling east at a high rate of speed when it hit a travel trailer being towed by a 2008 Ford F250. The Silverado then hit a 2005 Subaru Impreza and then contacted the guardrail on the right shoulder of the bridge over Hwy. 139 before hitting the end of the concrete bridge abutment, flipping over and coming to rest on the left side.
TDOT contractors will be widening the right turn lane from eastbound Dolly Parton Parkway onto southbound Highway 416 (Pittman Center Road) beginning Monday, August 24, 2020. Work will take place from 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. August 24-28 and August 31-September 1. The work will require multiple lane closures. Traffic will be maintained, however motorists should expect delays, especially during heavy traffic periods. Choosing an alternate route if possible is recommended.
Area students will begin returning to school on Monday, August 17 and Tuesday, August 18, causing pedestrian and vehicle traffic to increase significantly. The flashing yellow school zone lights, indicating the presence of school children around schools, are being activated to remind drivers that the school year is about to begin.
“The overall goal is to get our children to and from school safely. Please help us keep our children safe by following the school zone traffic laws,” said Sevierville Police Chief Joseph Manning.
Please take note of the following recommendations from the Sevierville Police Department: