TDOT: I-81 back open in Sullivan County after overturned truck

UPDATE:  TDOT says all lanes of Interstate 81 are back open as of 10:15 p.m..

Earlier, a TDOT spokesman said a gas company inspected the tank and was concerned a tank was cracked.   Another tanker had to be brought in to offload gas, TDOT’s Mark Nagi said.


UPDATE: Tennessee Department of Transportation officials confirmed that both the northbound and southbound lanes on Interstate 81 are closed after a tractor trailer overturned and spilled an estimated 75 gallons of diesel on the road.

According to TDOT spokesperson Mark Nagi, several detours have been put in place until the roads are reopened.

Nagi said the tanker is currently upright and said a wrecker is attempting to hook it up and pull it back onto the shoulder of the road.

He said northbound traffic with take Exit 69 to State Route 394 to State Route 126 to US 11W and back to I-81 North at Exit 74.

Southbound traffic will take Exit 74 to US 11W to State Route 126 to State Route 394 and back to I-81 South at Exit 69.

Nagi said crews hope to have the lanes reopened by 7 p.m.

SULLIVAN COUNTY, TN (WJHL) – Sullivan County emergency officials confirmed to News Channel 11 that an 18-wheeler propane truck overturned on Interstate 81 near mile marker 73.8 northbound Monday morning.

According to Sullivan County EMA Director Jim Bean, the truck overturned around 11:15 a.m. near 11W right before The Pinnacle exit in Bristol, Tenn.

A Tennessee Highway Patrol preliminary report indicated that the tractor trailer was traveling northbound on I-81 near the 73.5 mile marker when the right front tire blew and caused the vehicle to go off the side of the road, hitting a guardrail and overturning down an embankment where it landed in a ditch.

Bean said the driver of the truck — Johnny Clark Emory, 61, of Jasper, Ga. —  was stuck inside after it overturned on an embankment.

Emory reportedly sustained minor injuries and was taken to Bristol Regional Medical Center, but THP said he was talking and alert.

Bean said one northbound lane is closed right now and said traffic is back up. Southbound traffic is reportedly not impacted by the crash.

Crews also contained an estimated 75 gallons of diesel, which spilled from the truck onto the road.

Sullivan County EMS, Bristol Fire Department, Sullivan County Fire Department and Tennessee Highway Patrol responded to the scene.

THP troopers are investigating the cause of the crash.

No other vehicles were involved in the crash.

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