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Crews spend much of Monday cleaning up I-26 fuel spill that shut down westbound lane

December 23rd, 2013 10:08 am by Staff Reports

Crews spend much of Monday cleaning up I-26 fuel spill that shut down westbound lane

(Photos by Lee Talbert/Johnson City Press)


A ruptured tank on a garbage truck shutdown a westbound lane on Interstate 26 Monday morning. That lane remained closed for much of the day as crews worked to clean up the spilled fuel from the highway.


Johnson City police and fire personnel were actively containing the spill area that happened around 7:15 a.m. in between the Roan Street and Unaka Avenue exits, and traffic was directed to the left lane.


Tennessee Department of Transportation workers put out signage and orange cones to alert motorists of the right lane closure. Around 11:50 a.m., traffic heading westbound on I-26 was reportedly backed up past the Main Street exit.


Emergency dispatchers said a few cars spun out because of the spill, but no injuries were reported.


Crews, which included American Environment LLC, were still working to clean spill on the road through late Monday afternoon.

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