RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) — Motorists ran into delays along Interstate 24 in Rutherford County for several hours on Sunday after an out-of-state driver reported possible explosives in his vehicle.
The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office said the driver was found parked on I-24 near the Buchanan Road exit.
According to Sgt. Brandon Cisek with the sheriff’s office, the man indicated there might be explosives in his vehicle.
As a precaution, officials announced at 5:52 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 15 that I-24 was closed between South Church Street and Buchanan Road/Epps Mill Road. The interstate on-ramps were also blocked at South Church Street, Joe B. Jackson Parkway, and Buchanan Road.
Authorities said members of Tennessee Highway Patrol’s (THP) Bomb Squad responded to the scene, but they did not find any explosives.
Meanwhile, paramedics reportedly took the driver — who had a Florida driver’s license and a vehicle with a Colorado license plate — to Ascension St. Thomas Hospital for a medical examination.
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Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh thanked motorists for their patience; THP’s Bomb Squad for their work during the investigation; and the Murfreesboro Police Department, the Tennessee Department of Transportation, and the deputies for their help re-directing traffic from South Church Street to Buchanan Road while the interstate was shut down.
“Our primary concern was for the safety of our travelers and our first responders,” Fitzhugh said.
As of 9:07 p.m. on Sunday, the impacted stretch of I-24 has reopened, according to the sheriff’s office.
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