NASHVILLE, Tenn. – An exit ramp off Interstate 24 has re-opened, three days after a sulfuric acid spill.
The ramp from I-24 to James Robertson Parkway re-opened around 5:30 a.m. Thursday. It had been closed since 6 p.m. Monday night, when a tanker truck leaked thousands of gallons of sulfuric acid onto the road. The interstate reopened Tuesday morning, but the ramp has remained closed.
Hazmat crews had been working to clean up after the spill, replacing contaminated soil with new soil. The sulfuric acid has already been cleaned up.
Police said a driver picked up approximately 5,000 gallons of sulfuric acid in Clarksville Monday evening, but did not notice it was leaking until he was in Nashville. He pulled off on the James Robertson Parkway exit ramp, and attempted to stop the leak.
The driver 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.
The tanker was owned by Palm Trucking out of La Vergne.
Officials said anyone who may have driven through the affected areas should check their tires for possible damage.