I-24 Reopens After Semi Hauling Frozen Chicken Overturns
CHEATHAM COUNTY, Tenn. – All lanes of Interstate 24 westbound in Cheatham County have been reopened after crews were able to clear thousands of pounds of frozen chicken from the roadway.
The semi hauling the load crashed just before 6 a.m. Thursday near the New Hope Road exit. The truck was traveling on westbound lanes when the driver veered off the shoulder, got back on the roadway and lost control.
The trailer overturned, spilling around 35,000 pounds of frozen chicken onto the roadway and down the embankment.
At least three other cars were involved in the crash, including one that hit the guardrail. The other two were involved in a rear-end collision.
The driver of the semi was injured and taken by LifeFlight air ambulance to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. His condition was not available.
No other injuries were reported.
Aerial footage from Sky5 HD showed traffic backed up for at least a mile.
Crews with the Tennessee Department of Transportation worked for hours to clear the scene. By 1 p.m. both lanes were reopened.
An additional crash was reported in the eastbound lanes at New Hope Road. No word on any injuries in that crash.