UPDATE: All I-40 lanes open after a tanker truck hauling hazardous materials tipped into median

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Crew are working to get the truck offloaded and removed so interstate can be reopened

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – Interstate 40 is open in both directions in downtown Knoxville after an overturned tanker truck carrying hazardous materials has been cleaned up.

The wreck was reported shortly before 5 a.m.

Crews have been working for hours to upright and offload the tanker truck, which was transporting hazardous materials.

Photo Credit: Emily Brumenshenkel

The tanker truck, which ended up leaning against the median, was transporting acrylic acid, which did not leak out, said Captain DJ Corcoran of Knoxville Fire Department.

Tennessee Smartway camera image of overturned turned tanker on Interstate 40 near downtown Knoxville on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019. (Tennessee Smartway image)

Interstate 40 East is closed at Interstate 640 on the west side of the accident, Nagi said.

There were reported injuries in the wreck, but there has been no update on how many or the condition of those hurt.

The wreck involved the tanker and another vehicle, according to Corcoran.

This is a developing story that we will be updating.

Overturned tanker truck on Interstate–40 in downtown Knoxville on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019. (TDOT photo)
Location of the Sunday morning, Dec. 15, 2019, overturned tanker accident that has closed Interstate 40 in both directions. (Tennessee Smartway map)


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