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Traffic Re-routed after Crash on Interstate 40

By 7 Eyewitness News Staff
By news@wbbjtv.com

PARKER'S CROSSROADS, Tenn. - Traffic on a more than 30 mile section of Interstate 40 was diverted for several hours Monday evening after a crash involving a tanker truck.

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the truck was involved in the crash near mile marker 108 before 4 p.m., Monday. It came to rest under the bridge at the Parker's Crossroads exit and leaked some fuel onto the interstate.

As a precaution, westbound traffic was diverted at Exit 126 until Exit 93. The eastbound lanes were reopened a couple of hours after the wreck but work on the westbound lanes continued late into the night and early morning hours.

The driver of the tanker was transported to an area hospital with what were believed to be non-life threatening injuries.

Officials said the tanker was fully loaded when it crashed. They have not released a cause for the wreck.

Hazardous material crews were called to the scene to assist in the cleanup operation. Other tanker trucks helped by taking the fuel from the crashed tanker.
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