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UPDATE: US-64 now re-opened after semi crash

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POLK COUNTY, TN (WRCB) -

UPDATE: A big mess in Polk county Tuesday morning when a tractor trailer overturned on Highway 64 spilling nearly 3,000 pounds of old guard rails.

It happened just before 8 a.m. near Ducktown, crews spent hours hauling away the debris.


Troopers with the Tennessee Highway Patrol responded to the accident and detoured traffic in the area.

Investigators have not determined a cause at this time, but Jeff Vinyard an employee with Lane's Equipment Rental, the company which owns the truck, said the curve is a known trouble spot for large vehicles.

"It’s a pretty dangerous curve, it's very sharp and the truck he was driving is very top heavy. I don't know what caused it, I can't speculate I just know he went over it,” Vinyard said.

The driver was transported to Copper Basin Medical Center and treated for minor injuries.


The driver is expected to be okay, the semi though is a total loss.


The accident closed lanes in both directions, while crews cleaned up the debris.

All lanes are now back open for commuters.


PREVIOUS UPDATE: An overturned tractor-trailer crashed Tuesday morning on U.S. 64 near SR-30, and temporarily closed both the westbound and eastbound lanes of traffic.

The roads have been re-opened to traffic since the cleanup of the truck's load of guard rails has been completed. The guard rails spilled into the median dividing the east and westbound lanes.


ORIGINAL STORY: A semi crash has temporarily closed U.S. 64, the roadway which serves as a primary corridor between Bradley and Polk Counties, running along the Ocoee River.

The crash happened about 6:12am just west of the Ocoee Whitewater Center according to dispatchers.

The truck carrying was guardrails, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office.

Motorists should seek an alternate route if possible.

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