LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – Wednesday afternoon’s fatal traffic accident on the four lane in front of Doyle’s Tire Shop created a rare traffic jam. For hours, La Follette bound traffic was backed up for miles with east bound lanes totally shutdown. Alternate route Towe String Road also had its share of snarled traffic.

The accident occurred just before 4pm, and Jacksboro Pike did not reopen until after 7pm, according to one official.

A man driving a silver four door Toyota sedan died at the scene while his lone passenger was airlifted from the scene. The Toyota wrecked with a black Ford SUV. The driver and passengers in the SUV were shaken but not injured.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol is investigating. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 03/28/2024-6AM)