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UPDATE: Driver identified in fatal truck crash on I-24

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UPDATE:  The Tennessee Highway Patrol has released the identity of the victim in the overnight fatal accident that closed part of Interstate 24 eastbound near mile marker 162 in Marion County.

The driver of the truck, 64 year-old Jimmy Dodd of Milwaukee, WI, was ejected from the vehicle during the crash.

He was not wearing a seatbelt, according to the accident report from the THP.

The report also says that the truck was eastbound and drifted off the left side of the interstate, going down and embankment and hitting several trees. The truck traveled about 335 feet before coming to a rest on its side in a creek.

The four other passengers, two of which were in the sleeper part of the semi, were also not wearing seatbelts. They were transported to a nearby hospital for treatment and examination.

TDOT's Smartway website says that the left lane of Interstate 24 eastbound between mile markers 159 and 162 remains closed.

The estimated time for the lane to re-open is 7:00pm CST.

Eastbound motorists should expect delays and seek an alternate route if possible.

PREVIOUS STORY: The Tennessee Highway Patrol is working to clear a fatal crash in Marion County.

THP officials confirm five people were involved in a crash in Interstate 24 near mile marker 162 when a tractor trailer moving van ran off the road down an embankment and over turned.

The truck spilled fuel which leaked into a nearby creek. HAZMAT was called to the scene to help clean up.

The driver of the truck was killed. There were four other occupants in the vehicle, but their conditions are unknown.

The fast lane of eastbound traffic is closed as THP crews work to get the truck out of the embankment.

The names of the victims have not been released.

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