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5 accidents shut down I-40 Sunday afternoon

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Staff Writer

Five separate accidents had I-40 shut down for a period of time on Sunday evening.

Lebanon Police Chief Scott Bowen said the first three accidents occurred at the 240, 243 westbound and 241 eastbound mile markers. These accidents were handled by the Wilson County Sheriffs Department and Tennessee Highway Patrol; however, no additional information is available at this time.

The following two vehicular accidents occurred at 5:02 p.m. at mile marker 239 eastbound, near the Watertown exit, and at 5:40 at mile marker 235. Both were handled by the Lebanon Police Department.

Bowen said that the first call regarding the accident at 239 eastbound involved four vehicles and resulted in three people being transported. The second at 235 resulted in one person transported to Vanderbilt Medical Center in critical condition. We know that it was a direct result of the interstate being shut. We had TDOT helping us take people onto 840, he said, adding that there was an increased amount of interstate travelers over the weekend due to Thursdays Thanksgiving holiday.

Luckily it appears no one was killed in these accidents, he said.

Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett can be reached at

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