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Lanes of Interstate 40 West Near Exit 407 Close After Cargo Fire


Sevierville, TN (October 24, 2020) All lanes of Interstate 40 west at exit 407 were temporarily closed following a vehicle firethat occurred around 3 p.m. on October 24th. Law enforcement temporarily requested that drivers avoid the area, while traffic was diverted around the crash. No additional details about what caused the fire or any injuries caused by the cargo fire have been released.

The National Fire Prevention Association reports that large trucks between 2003 to 2007 were responsible for a disproportionate number of 15.4 deadly vehicle fires, despite only representing 3.7 of all registered vehicles on the road. Besides cargos that are at risk of explosions like certain flammable liquids, other types of cargo are impacted by self-heating including bulk coal, charcoal, fertilizers, and batteries. Some of the most helpful strategies that truck drivers can take to avoid vehicle fires include making complete inspections of the truck before heading out on the road, participating in enroute inspections of things like the truck’s wheels and tires, and following proper safety procedures when fueling the vehicle and using the brakes.

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When Tennessee car crashes occur, victims often find themselves facing a handful of serious challenges. One of the best responses to take in such a situation is to promptly retain the assistance of a skilled lawyer. Do not hesitate to schedule a free case evaluation with an attorney at Fox, Farley, Willis & Burnette today.


Note: This post was written based on available resources, news stories, and online reports about this incident. As is often the case with fast breaking news, there is always the risk that some details are still being shared and uncovered. Please contact us if you notice any information that should be changed or added. Thanks!

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