Evacuations ordered after semi overturns in Rutherford County


RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – An overturned tractor-trailer hauling toxic chemicals closed Interstate 24 in both directions and evacuations were ordered by Rutherford County officials early Wednesday morning.

The crash occurred in the westbound lanes of I-24 near the Epps Mills Road exit around 3 a.m.

Officials with the Tennessee Highway Patrol said the semi was hauling chlorine-based pool chemicals.

The office of Rutherford County Emergency Management initially asked all residents and motorists to stay clear of the area citing HAZMAT concerns but later asked all residents of Buchanan Estates to evacuate the area.

Residents are asked to move to the Patterson Park Community Center on Mercury Boulevard in Murfreesboro.

Seventy-five homes in the area were evacuated and should extend for at least six hours.

Officials are pouring water on the fire, which creates a toxic cloud.

The HAZMAT plume extends about a mile southward from the crash site and winds are spreading the plume southward.

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