Truck Accident Closes I-40 Near NC-TN Line

WAYNESVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- Eastbound lanes are reopening on Interstate 40 near the North Carolina-Tennessee line after a truck wreck and hazardous materials leak stopped traffic in both directions for several hours.

An official said Wednesday morning they still are dealing with a hazardous material leak that doesn't pose a danger to the public. Westbound lanes from the North Carolina 20-mile marker to the Tennessee line still are closed.

A single tractor-trailer wrecked early Wednesday in North Carolina, four miles from the state line.

Haywood County, N.C., spokesman David Teague said a hazardous materials crew was at the scene assessing the chemical spill. He said it wasn't known what chemical was involved.

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  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Jun 24, 2009 at 12:08 PM
    I have Been to the mountains of North Carolina a few times and HATE DRIVING these roads. These roads are dangerous as they come and I don't know what else to say other than that I would much rather drive on a flat road. Plus, it seems like there are way more I-40 wrecks up in the mountains than there are on that stretch from Raleigh to Wilmington.
  • by ??? Location: Jacksonville, NC on Jun 24, 2009 at 10:32 AM
    go figure the trucks drive so crazy through that area. I used to take that way to go back home to Missouri but they scared me so I found a different route to take! I hope the drive was ok.

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