Residents say overturned tanker had no business in neighborhood - WKRN News 2

Residents say overturned tanker had no business in neighborhood

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Residents in the Woodbine neighborhood say a fuel tanker that overturned late Tuesday night, closing a portion of the roadway for most of the day Wednesday, had no business being on their street to begin with.

The incident involving a Mapco fuel tanker occurred around 10:35 p.m. at the intersection of Glenrose and Old Glenrose avenues. The roadway remained closed until 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Police said the tanker, which was carrying 8,400 gallons of fuel, overturned after the driver attempted to back up when his truck ran off the roadway.

The driver of the tractor trailer was pinned inside the cab and had to be extricated.

He was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

News 2 spoke with residents on Thursday who said despite posted "No Truck Route" signs, truckers often use their residential street as a short cut.

"I'd like to think it's an oversight on these truckers' part, but it really isn't," said homeowner Rick Schell.

Neighbors say truck drivers often use Foster Avenue and Glenrose Avenue to cut through to busy streets such as Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro Road and Nolensville Pike.

"The concern is speeding. The concern is narrow roadways," said homeowner Tamara Price.  "Our fear of course is when they're coming down this street, they're going to hit a child."

In 2010, the Woodbine Neighborhood Association went to the city to ask for help.  The speed limit was lowered and signs alerting trucks to stay off the narrow roads were posted.

The driver of the tanker was listed in stable condition Thursday afternoon.

He has not been cited.

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