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Truck Hauling Cotton Overturns On I-40 East

Posted at 7:16 AM, Jun 28, 2016

For the third time in a month, a tractor trailer has overturned at the spilt of Interstate 40 and I-24.

The incident happened shortly before 11 p.m. Monday at the merger of eastbound I-40 and I-24.

Officials with Metro Nashville Police said the semi was hauling 500 bales of cotton when it overturned in the roadway.

It was the third tractor trailer this month to wreck in the area.

One of the cotton bales rolled down the embankment into the path of an oncoming vehicle.

Debris was scattered along the interstate, forcing lanes to be shut down for hours. At this time, the left lane remained blocked.

Police said the truck driver was injured and taken to an area hospital.

Officials with the Tennessee Department of Transportation estimated the wreck to be cleared by 10 a.m.