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Interstate 81 in Washington County slowed by motorcycle, big rig incident

The Tennessee Highway Patrol said the incident happened just after 1:30 p.m. Wednesday on Interstate 81 northbound and involved bikers in the 'Run for the Wall' event headed to Washington, D.C. (THP - Fall Branch)

UPDATE, 2:34 p.m.

Several motorcycle riders were taken to the hospital when their bikes collided with a Walmart tractor trailer Wednesday just after 1:30 p.m. on Interstate 81 in Washington County, Tennessee, according to a spokesperson with the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

The rig's trailer was stocked with more than 600 pounds of pool shock chlorine products and more than 50 pounds of propane that ignited after the collision. Hazardous material clean-up crews are responding to the area.

Traffic is shut down on the interstate northbound near mile marker 50 while emergency crews help clean-up the area.

An estimated 100 motorcycle riders as part of the "Run for The Wall' were traveling in Tennessee when the crash occurred.

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The Tennessee Highway Patrol is reporting a crash on Interstate 81 just after 1:30 p.m. Wednesday that is causing traffic tie-ups in Washington County.

Troopers were called to the scene after motorcycle riders crashed near mile marker 54, according to THP and the Department of Transportation, near Fall Branch. A tractor trailer is reportedly on fire but it is not certain if it was part of the initial crashes.

A THP spokesperson confirmed that the motorcycle riders were part of a group of veterans riding to Washington, D.C. for the 'Run for the Wall' event scheduled for Memorial Day weekend. The officer said injuries are involved but there are currently no fatalities being reported.

News 5 has a crew headed to the scene and we will have more information as it becomes available.

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