Emergency responders received calls at 3:40 a.m. Friday with word that a tanker truck had hit the Peytonsville Rd. overpass on Interstate 65, about 20 miles south of Nashville. No other vehicles were involved, and police confirm the driver was the single fatality.
The fire was out by mid-morning, and while a trickle of cars made their way through by exiting and then re-entering the Interstate, Franklin Police Department spokesman Charles Warner told reporters on scene that the overpass would be closed for “the foreseeable future.”
“We cannot move vehicles across or under this bridge until engineers are able to determine that it has not been compromised it is actually safe for vehicles to travel over and under,” he said.
However, WPLN traffic reporter Bob August said secondary roads were moving even slower than I-65, and suggested drivers just stick with the Interstate.
The Tennessee Department of Transportation says it will be 2 p.m. before the Interstate fully reopens, and that’s assuming the charred bridge is safe enough to drive under.
#TDOT bridge inspectors will be visually checking the Peytonsville bridge first, then examining with a bucket truck to make sure its safe
— Deanna Lambert (@TDOTDeanna) August 15, 2014
Earlier this week, another tanker truck overturned in Nashville and exploded, though no one was injured.
The city of Franklin posted the following roadway information on its Facebook page:
The following roads have been impacted by today’s incident:
- Columbia Ave backed up from 5pts to Thompsons Station.
- Lewisburg Ave backed up from Mack Hatcher to 840.
- Carters Creek Pke is backed up from Downs Blvd to Thompsons Station Rd W.
We are going to start preparing for the commute home as soon as we make it through the morning rush. Detour routes will go out as soon as they are available. It is unknown if I-65 will be fully open by this afternoon or not. We will update you as soon as any new information is available.