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UPDATE: Chemical spill cleaned up, I-24 both lanes open

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UPDATE:  Traffic on Interstate 24 eastbound in Marion County should finally be back to normal.  Crews have been on site since last Thursday, when an overturned tanker leaked dangerous chemicals into the creek. 

The crash happened near mile marker 161.  Officials say the tractor trailer was carrying paint resin which is a highly flammable material.

All is well now though, and you can continue on your normal routes.


UPDATE: Traffic was at a standstill until about 6 o'clock this morning after a tractor trailer flipped over the guardrail on I-24, around mile marker 165.

This accident happened around midnight, just three miles from the tractor trailer accident in Marion County on Thursday

Crews worked tirelessly to clean up a second mess in two days on the interstate.

A tractor trailer flipped upside down, backing traffic up for several miles.

Cody Pittman, with the Haletown Volunteer Fire Department, says their department was planning for a long morning.

"The last one I was on it was up here. It was 14 hours,” said Pittman. “We'll be here until they release us, it'll be fine though."

Johnny Gribble with Donney Bells towing and recovery says typically a cleanup wouldn't take long, however; “It was on its side and it was upside down on the bank," said Gribble.

Gribble says that makes it more dangerous to flip back over.

"It's a mess," said Gribble. "The guys were lucky to not get hurt."

So they're moving along, one wheel at a time, until the mess is cleared.

"We're gonna be here a while," said Gribble.

The truck was estimated at about 8,000 pounds, carrying John Deere wheel parts.

One of the two people inside the truck was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

PREVIOUS STORY: Interstate 24 near mile marker 165 Eastbound,  is down to one lane as crews work to clear the scene of an early morning crash involving a tractor trailer. 

Officials say the scene should be completely cleared by 12 p.m.

PREVIOUS STORY: Dade County Deputies confirm both lanes on Interstate 24 near mile marker 165 are shut down, following an early morning crash involving an 18 wheeler, Saturday morning.  

Officials say the truck traveling Eastbound, flipped over the guardrail down on its side into the embankment. Deputies say the crash happened near a sharp curve just before Tennessee state lines, around 12:30 a.m. 

The truck was occupied by two people, officials say one person has been taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The other occupant is said to be okay. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

Deputies say the crashed truck weighs about 80,000 pounds. There are no reports of anything being spilled across the roadway at this time. 

Officials estimate the closure to last several hours as crews work to clear the roadway, they say drivers should try to find alternate routes.

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