Flames engulfed a tractor trailer transporting hazardous materials on I-75 in Campbell County after it struck two other vehicles on August 27.
The crash took place at approximately 3 p.m. last Wednesday. Officers from the Tennessee Highway Patrol say the tractor trailer was carrying batteries when it crossed the median, hitting another tractor trailer carrying oxidizers and an SUV. The chemical reaction sparked by the crash sent both trucks up in flames.
A hazardous materials crew was dispatched to the scene and all lanes of the interstate were closed for over three hours. Officials initially issued an evacuation order for any person within a half-mile radius of the accident scene, but upon determination that no radiation was present that ban was lifted.
Tennessee Highway Patrol Lt. Don Boshears said responders extinguished the fire quicker than anticipated, and confirmed that no one was in danger on the scene.
Boshears also noted that roughly 80 people from various agencies responded to the crash.
While the names of the victims have not been released, Tennessee Highway Patrol said the driver of the tractor trailer carrying batteries has died. The other victims were taken to UT Medical Center for treatment of their injuries, though their conditions have not been released. The cause of the accident has not been reported at this time.
The attorneys at Greg Coleman Law extend our deepest condolences to the families of the accident victims. Truck collisions can result in disastrous consequences, and we wish the best for the surviving family members and all those involved with the crash.
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