ANDERSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WATE) — One lane has reopened after an overturned tractor-trailer in Anderson County shut down the southbound lanes of Interstate 75 near Wolf Valley Road Thursday morning. First responders including the Tennessee Highway Patrol worked the scene.
Tennessee Department of Transportation spokesperson Mark Nagi has been keeping up on the incident. According to him, offload is 50% complete.
An initial crash report from THP states the injured tanker driver was from Ohio. The report states that the three involved vehicles were traveling southbound on I-75 when a piece of tin flew out of the rear of the first unknown vehicle and struck a Nissan Altima, causing them to swerve into the other lane. That’s when the tanker, a 1995 Peterbilt Conventional, left the roadway and overturned while attempting to avoid the Nissan Altima. The tanker driver had been wearing a seat belt.
The driver of the Nissan Altima, a 49-year-old man was also wearing a seat belt and was uninjured in the incident. There wasn’t any additional information regarding the first vehicle, which was listed as unknown in the THP report.
Nagi tweeted about the incident Thursday morning, saying the overturned vehicle is an oil tanker and traffic was being diverted to mile marker 122.
Nagi later said in the tweet thread that the product is not oil and was actually non-hazardous acid that will require off-loading. A specialized trailer was dispatched to the scene and one lane is expected to remain closed throughout the day.
Traffic was currently backed up almost 10 miles to the Rocky Top area, according to TDOT. Traffic has now started to move around 7 p.m.
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*Editor’s Note: This story has been updated with additional information from TDOT.