Cherry Street partially reopens after overturned tanker truck leaked fuel

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Cherry Street remained closed Tuesday morning at the entrance ramp to I-40 East due to an overturned tanker truck leaking diesel fuel from an incident that occurred Monday night, according to the Knoxville Police Department.

Cleanup efforts for the spill were still underway Tuesday. The northbound lane and the on-ramp to I-40 East have been reopened while the southbound lane and the off-ramp from I-40 East remain closed.

The 18-wheeler was carrying 3,000 gallons of diesel fuel, Knoxville Fire Department officials said late Monday.

The truck overturned when exiting I-40 East onto Cherry Street. Knoxville Fire says the fuel has been contained and did not reach storm drains or sinkholes that lead to the river. No injures have been reported at this time. Officials are asking people to find alternate routes until the road is cleared.

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