I-40 East closed in Wilson County due to overturned tanker leaking gasoline

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A portion of Interstate 40 is closed in Wilson County early Friday morning due to an overturned tanker truck, which is leaking gasoline.

The crash happened in the eastbound lanes near the Highway 109 exit around 3 a.m. The roadway is not expected to fully reopen to traffic until 1:15 p.m.

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the driver was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

The THP reported the vehicle, which is a tractor-trailer cargo tanker, was hauling gasoline and the tanker is leaking fuel.

HAZMAT crews have been called to the scene along with multiple tow trucks, according to the THP.

Traffic is being diverted off the interstate at mile marker 232. The detour takes motorists onto Highway 109 South to I-840 and back to I-40.

The THP said since the crash is off the right side of the roadway where the road is very narrow due to construction, the roadway is expected to remain closed for some time.

This is a developing story. Stay with News 2 and WKRN.com for updates.

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