UPDATE: 9:30PM Clean up crews have finished, the acid has been offloaded to a new tanker and I24 is now open.
A tractor trailer carrying 3400 gallons of sulfuric acid overturned on I-24 East around mile marker 23 just before noon. (Location of Wreck)
According to Lieutenant Bill Miller with the THP, Calvin L. Morgan age 67 from Turtletown, Tn was driving a 2003 Mack Tractor down I-24 eastbound when the truck’s left front tire exited the roadway into the median. Morgan then over corrected the steering and lost control. The trailer then separated and came to rest with-in the median. The tractor then crossed over both lanes and crashed into several trees along the right shoulder.
Morgan was injured but refused medical transport and is being charged with an expired medical card, other charges pending.
There was no chemical spill of the sulfuric acid.
UPDATE: 6:30PM The new estimate for the wreck to be completely cleared is now 10:00pm or 11:00pm.
One lane of I24 East is open and should stay open until the wreck is cleared. Another tanker has arrived and offloading of the acid has started. Amazingly the tanker did not rupture and no acid spilled.
The process of offloading the tanker and cleaning up the scene will take several more hours. Officials at the scene estimate the freeway will reopen around 10:00pm or 11:00pm.
UPDATE: 9:30PM Clean up crews have finihsed, the acid has been offloaded to a new tanker and I24 is now open.
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