Driver Sought After Injury Crash Causes Fuel Spill

Posted at 3:57 PM, Jul 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-02 18:30:35-04

State troopers said they’re trying to track down the driver allegedly at fault for a crash that shut down the interstate for eight hours and caused a fuel spill.

The wreck happened in the northbound lanes of Interstate 65 in Robertson County, just before Exit 108 in White House.

Around 11 p.m Saturday, officials said a pickup cut off a semi hauling fuel, causing them both to crash on the side of the road.

More than 7,400 gallons of 87 octane gas with ethanol blend spilled out into a nearby creek and hazmat crews were on scene for hours cleaning up the mess. 

Witnesses said good Samaritans pulled the semi driver to safety until an ambulance got on scene.

“Pulled him out, got him out to the side of the road, and we carried him back over to my car. Sat there with him and kept talking with him until paramedics got here,” Richard Lawrence, a witness, said.

The driver of the pickup ran away, but troopers with the Tennessee Highway Patrol said they have a good idea of who was behind the wheel.

The interstate didn't open up until 7 a.m. Sunday.

Authorities said anyone who may smell fumes around their homes, it’s recommended to turn the heating and air unit off. For those who may be experiencing medical issues due to fumes, call 911.

Hazmat companies were called to the scene to remediate the soil and waterways in that area.

Officials said to secure any livestock away from that area if they drink from the creek or pond.

According to the White House Water District, the water has been tested, and they confirmed the city water was not contaminated or affected in any way.