Lane of I-81 NB to open in Greene County after tractor trailer fire

GREENE COUNTY, TN (WJHL) – Tennessee Department of Transportation spokesperson, Mark Nagi, says all lanes of Interstate 81 northbound near mile marker 33 will soon open after a lane was closed for repairs following a fiery crash.

The TDOT spokesperson said the portion of roadway needed milling and paving after last night’s fire.

Nagi said the repair work went underway and all lanes were expected to reopen on Wednesday afternoon.

TDOT spokesperson Mark Nagi first posted on Twitter about the closure around 6:15 p.m. Tuesday evening.

In an update, he tweeted the left lane has reopened, but the right lane remains closed.

Lt Rick Garrison with the Tennessee Highway Patrol told News Channel 11 no one has been injured in the fire. He could not tell us at this time what caused it. He did say the tractor trailer was carrying some type of oil.

He said that preliminary information shows that the fire was caused by the brakes getting overheated.

Lt. Garrison said traffic at one point was being diverted at the I-81 Northbound 23 exit.

Some News Channel 11 viewers reported hearing some explosions. Stay with News Channel 11 for updates.

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