5:20 a.m. UPDATE: Westbound lanes of I-40 at Watkins are now OPEN.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — There were three separate car crashes Monday morning in the area of I-40 and Watkins, sending multiple to the hospital and causing lanes to be blocked.
At 2:48 a.m., officers responded to a two-vehicle crash. Two people were taken to the hospital in non-critical condition, police say.
At 2:55 a.m., there was another two-car crash. Memphis Police said one person was taken to the hospital in non-critical condition.
At 4:09 a.m., officers responded to a one-vehicle crash. Officials said the vehicle ran off the runway. No one was inside it when officers made the scene.
Memphis Police shut down the lanes at around 3 a.m. and advised motorists to take different routes.