Crash Spills 42K Pounds Of Zinc Tablets Onto I-24 East

Posted at 11:04 PM, Feb 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-08 13:51:40-05

Interstate 24 has fully reopened hours after a crash spilled thousands of pounds of zinc pellets onto eastbound lanes in Davidson County.

It happened Wednesday afternoon when a tractor trailer carrying 42,000 pounds of pellets overturned at mile marker 54 near Briley Parkway. 

Special procedures had to be followed in order to remove the zinc pellets. What could have taken one hour to clean up took more than seven hours to be cleared.

The right lane of I-24 East was blocked and wasn't cleared until around 4 a.m.