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AFTERNOON CRASH TIES UP NORTHBOUND TRAFFIC ON I-75 FOR SEVERAL HOURS

Thursday, June 9,2005 - 6:00 pm - Bradley County Rescue crews were called to an accident on I-75 northbound near the 33 Mile Marker. Three cars and four tractor trailers were reportedly involved in the crash. Several 9-1-1 calls also reported the interstate to be completely blocked.

When crews arrived on the scene they quickly determined that one of the tractor trailers, a tanker truck,  involved in the wreck was transporting hazardous materials. Within minutes crews shut down north and southbound lanes of travel on I-75 in an effort to protect the public from the leaking caustic, poisonous liquid.

Another one of the tractor trailers involved in the crash, landed on it's side just off the edge of the interstate. That tractor trailer was said to be loaded with cotton. Several large wreckers were called to the scene to upright the truck. A private haz-mat team was also called to the scene of the crash to clean up the chemicals.

Traffic was quickly diverted off of the interstate and over to Highway 11 as a detour around the wreckage. After about thirty minutes the southbound lanes were reopened to traffic, but a half mile of area on the northbound side was evacuated for safety. One person was also transported to Bradley Memorial Hospital by ambulance.

Numerous emergency agencies were dispatched to the scene of the crash including, Bradley County Rescue, Bradley County Sheriffs Department, Charleston Police Department, The Tennessee Highway Patrol, and Bradley County EMS. Unfortunately two firefighters were said to have also been transported to Bradley County Memorial Hospital with complications due to the conditions. Tennessee Highway Patrol Officers are investigating the crash and say the interstate should be reopened by about 1:00 am.

Story and photos by Bill Carson

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