I-24 in Davidson County reopens after sulfuric acid spill - WKRN News 2

I-24 in Davidson County reopens after sulfuric acid spill

Posted: Updated: Sep 26, 2012 3:35 PM

A portion of Interstate 24 East in Davidson County reopened Tuesday morning after a tanker truck carrying 5,000 gallons of sulfuric acid began leaking onto the highway Monday evening.

The incident was reported just after 6 p.m. at exit 48 near James Robertson Parkway.

Eastbound lanes were closed overnight as crews work to clean up spill.

The roadway reopened around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.  However, the off ramp to James Robertson Parkway was expected to be closed until Noon Thursday.

The Office of Emergency Management called a specially trained hazardous materials cleanup company to assist in the cleanup, as well as HAZMAT crews.

Officials told Nashville's News 2 the Palm Freight truck from La Vergne was traveling from Clarksville when a valve began leaking, causing the flammable chemical to flow onto the roadway.

The driver of the truck suffered burns to his arms and eyes after attempting to close the valve.

He and another motorist were transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Authorities said the spill was believed to be contained within a half mile from where the driver stopped the truck.

Metro Water Services were called to the scene immediately after sulfuric acid reportedly ran off into some nearby drains.

Officials said they do not believe there was any danger to the water supply.

OEM assisted in the clean up after the fire department deemed the area safe and the Tennessee Highway Patrol performed an inspection on the truck.

Clarksville police spokesperson Jim Knoll said a portion of a Clarksville roadway was also closed Monday evening as crews worked to cleanup after a motorist reported seeing an unidentified substance coming from the truck.

Cumberland Drive between Hawkins Road and Hillwood Drive was closed for a period of time, as well as the Zinc Plant Road Bridge.

Motorists driving through the area are encouraged to check their tires for possible damage.  Drivers concerned about their vehicles are urged to call Palm Freight Systems at 615-641-1225.

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