Accident on Interstate 40 in Putnam County Delays Traffic Thursday Morning
An accident involving a tractor-trailer blocked traffic in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 40 near Cookeville on Thursday morning.
According to a report by the Herald-Citizen, the accident occurred around 3 a.m. Thursday near mile marker 313 between the cities of Monterey and Cookeville in Putnam County.
A spokesperson with the Tennessee Highway Patrol told reports that one lane of I-40 East was expected to be closed for most of the day as responders worked to clear the accident scene and begin a preliminary investigation to determine what caused the accident to occur.
The impact of the collision caused the tractor-trailer to overturn, which contributed to the heavy delays that commuters experienced Thursday morning and well into the afternoon.
Emergency responders said there were no fatalities resulting from the accident, but injuries were reported. The cause of the accident has yet to be released by police, and it’s unknown how many people were injured or the severity of their injuries.
How Can You Avoid an Accident While Driving on the Interstate?
Thousands of people who live in Middle Tennessee use Interstate 24, Interstate 440, Interstate 65, and Interstate 40 on a daily basis to commute to and from their jobs. Interstate driving often means much higher speeds than what you experience on other roadways, as well as much denser traffic volume—particularly during the morning and evening rush hours. Because there are so many more vehicles near you and the overall rate of speed is much higher than other roads, accidents can become a higher risk, and when they occur, serious injuries can result.