No one was injured when the driver of this truck crashed Sept. 17, 2013, on Interstate 24 near Murfreesboro, Tenn., though the incident resulted officials having to clean up hazardous materials. (Photo courtesy of MFRD)
No one was seriously injured Tuesday afternoon in a dump truck crash that turned into a hazardous materials incident on Interstate 24 in Murfreesboro.
At about 4:15 p.m., crews from the Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue Department responded to reports of a crash near the Armory Drive exit, according to city officials.
"Ladder 9 and Rescue 9 arrived on the scene of a MGI dump truck in a culvert just off the Exit 78 ramp," said Ashley McDonald, public information officer for the Fire Department. "The driver was unharmed, but the saddle bag fuel tanks were pierced in the accident, causing fuel to leak into a creek that runs under I-24, across Armory Drive, and ends up at Robert Rose Drive at a sinkhole."
City Engineer Sam Huddleston was called to the scene and hazardous material technicians from the Fire Department were able to stop the spill from reaching Robert Rose by using 11 absorbing booms, she said.
Two wreckers arrived on scene to remove the dump truck from the culvert.
Specially trained crews with Evergreen American Enviro-Services, which specializes in cleaning up hazardous materials, also responded to the scene a few minutes later to skim the fuel off of the creek.
“The driver was very lucky in this case,” said Dale Maynard, a shift commander with the Fire Department. “It could have been a lot worse.”
Authorities with the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office and Tennessee Highway Patrol took over the scene, and an investigation into the cause of the accident is now underway.