Tyson ammonia leak

Goodlettsville Fire Department and Nashville Fire Department HAZMAT team were on the scene of an ammonia leak at the Tyson plant in Goodlettsville.

GOODLETTSVILLE, TN (WSMV) - The Goodlettsville Fire Department and Nashville Fire Department Hazmat team are investigating an ammonia leak at the Tyson plant located near Interstate 65.

Crews were dispatched to the plant at 4:39 a.m. because of a large ammonia leak at the facility. The building was evacuated and many streets and the interstate in the area were closed because of the threat.

Officials decided to close Highway 41, Interstate 65 and the CSX rail adjacent to the plant as a precaution. The Grand Ole RV Resort campground located closed to the plant, located at 201 Cartwright St., was also evacuated as a precaution. Around 280 people were evacuated from the RV park.

The Goodlettsville Fire Department advised residents who live in the area of the plant should remain indoors and leave all windows and doors closed.

Employees said there was an ammonia leak outside the rear of the plant and all Tyson employees evacuated.

The Nashville Fire Department said no one was transported from the scene by ambulance. There may have been one person who went to TriStar Skyline Medical Center for treatment, but the injury is unknown.

The Nashville Fire Department Hazmat team and Tyson plant employees worked together to locate and isolate the problem to prevent further ammonia escaping. Once that was completed, the inner and outer perimeters were checked with ammonia specific air monitor over a one-hour time frame and none were detected.

By 8:15 a.m., the roads in the area had been reopened.


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