UPDATE: Traffic was a nightmare for drivers Wednesday morning on I-24. A semi overturned just before 4:30 am in the westbound lanes going into downtown.

Channel 3 kept you informed LIVE from the scene every step of the way and helped you get around.

It’s known as the gateway to downtown and the first view you see when you drive into Chattanooga. However, Wednesday morning, the Ridgecut came to a halt because of a major crash on the interstate.

"As it was approaching the bottom of the ridge cut it crashed, and it was a single-vehicle accident,” Sgt. Justin Kilgore, with the Chattanooga Police Department, said traffic was diverted to Moore Road, and it caused a chain reaction.

"This morning we had a huge queue as far as backups and traffic and secondary accidents, in general, are a big issue,” he said.

The interstate was shut down for about six hours. Crews had to empty the trailer before they could haul away the semi and clean up the mess behind.

"Boxes of motor oil in the back of truck caused a lot of the oil to [seep] out onto two lanes of the road,” Sgt. Kilgore said.

Police say one man was in the semi. He had minor injuries and was taken to a hospital.

It’s not clear if speed was a factor, but Sgt. Kilgore says the Ridgecut is a known trouble spot.

"In the afternoon, we have trucks in the fast lanes and are not supposed to be, that can cause a backup; you have people driving entirely too fast up and down the Ridgecut which causes a lot of the accidents,” he said.

Police also tell Channel 3 the semi leaked diesel fuel onto the road but did not pose a risk to the environment.


PREVIOUS STORY: Two lanes of Interstate 24 have re-opened to traffic after an early morning crash that resulted in a semi truck overturning, spilling fuel.


PREVIOUS STORY: Fuel is leaking from the overturned semi on I-24 westbound and is now part of the cleanup effort.

TDOT nows says the road is expected to open at 8:30 am.


PREVIOUS STORY:  A tractor-trailer has overturned on Interstate 24 west just passed the Ridgecut.

The call came in around 4:30 Wednesday morning.

Two people were inside the cab, one of them was taken to the hospital, condition unknown. 

Police now say it may be 8:00 a.m before one lane is open.

Allow extra time is traveling to downtown as other routes will experience heavy traffic.

Traffic is beginning to back up from the Moore Road exit to just pass the I-75/I-24 split.