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I-24E Re-Opens In Nashville After Sulfuric Acid Spill

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The eastbound lanes of Interstate 24 at James Robertson Parkway have re-opened Tuesday morning, nearly 12 hours after a tanker leaked thousands of gallons of sulfuric acid onto the road.

The roadway re-opened just before 5:30 a.m., but traffic remained slow. Exit 48 remained closed as crews continue their cleanup.

It began Monday evening when a truck driver picked up a load of sulfuric acid in Clarksville and made on his way south.

The man noticed the tanker leaking around 6:10 p.m. and pulled over on Interstate 24 near the James Robertson Parkway exit just east of LP Field.

Officers with the Metro Nashville Police Department and hazardous materials crews from the Nashville Fire Department were called to the scene.

Eastbound lanes of Interstate 24 were closed while crews worked to contain the spill. Witnesses said the acid could be seen leaking down the interstate embankment and pooling on the side of the road.  

The interstate was immediately closed, causing several traffic problems for evening commuters. 

Officials with the Metro Publics Works department were also called to the scene in case the contents leaked into the sewage system.

The driver of the tanker was injured after trying to stop the leak and was transported to a Nashville-area hospital to be treated for burns on his hands.  

A person driving in a vehicle behind the tanker was also treated for eye irritation and fume inhalation.

Both were expected to recover from their injuries.

No crew members assisting with the clean-up were injured. Officials said they responded quickly and efficiently. 

"It was a very, very risky maneuver that the HazMat team made," said Assistant Fire Chief Charles Shannon with the Nashville Fire Department. "Certainly credit goes to them even though they would look at this as just doing their job."

Officials with the Tennessee Department of Transportation said it was a major spill. It was unclear how the tanker lost part of its load.

Crews estimated up to 5,000 gallons of acid spilled from the tanker. 

Officer Jim Knoll with the Clarksville Police Department said someone reported seeing a questionable substance Monday evening on Cumberland Drive near Zinc Plant Road and again on Highway 48/13 in Montgomery County.

When police in Nashville alerted their counterparts up north about the possibility of a leak, HazMat crews were called out to investigate. The substance was confirmed as sulfuric acid.

Cumberland Drive was shut down between Hawkins Road and Hillwood Drive due to leak, as well as a bridge on Zinc Plant Road. Both were re-opened late Monday night.

The tanker was owned by Palm Trucking out of La Vergne.

Officials said anyone who may have driven through the affected area in Clarksville should check their tires for possible damage.

The eastbound ramp to James Robertson Parkway was expected to re-open noon Tuesday.

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