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I-24 W near Rutherford Co. line reopens after tanker overturns


The westbound side of Interstate 24 has reopened after a tanker truck flipped and spilled gas, La Vergne Police said Thursday morning.
Published: Mar. 17, 2022 at 10:42 AM CDT|Updated: Mar. 17, 2022 at 4:55 PM CDT
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La VERGNE, Tenn. (WSMV) - The westbound side of Interstate 24 has reopened after a tanker truck flipped and spilled gas, La Vergne Police said Thursday morning.

La Vergne Police said the crash involved two vehicles, including a tanker truck carrying 8,800 gallons of gasoline. The tanker truck overturned and spilled much of its load.

The crash happened on I-24 West between the Waldron Road, and Old Hickory Boulevard exits just inside Rutherford County.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol said a Toyota Highlander and the Kenworth tanker truck were traveling eastbound on Interstate 24 just before 10 a.m. when the driver of the Highlander swerved to the right to avoid colliding with another vehicle and came into the tanker’s lane of travel. The tanker struck the Highlander at an angle, causing it to overturn and strike a concrete barrier.

As of 4:50 p.m., I-24 in both directions was still closed as traffic being diverted.

At least two lanes of I-24 West are expected to reopened around 5:30 p.m. The eastbound lanes will remain closed until at least 8 p.m. to allow the Tennessee Department of Transportation to repave a portion of the interstate.

La Vergne Police reported no injuries.

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