There was no evidence that drugs or alcohol played a part in the accident, but as is standard in fatal wrecks, blood tests were to be done on both drivers.
The accident occurred at 11:08 a.m. on Wednesday near mile marker 226. The interstate re-opened at about 10:20 p.m., Wednesday.
The tanker was carrying Ferric Chloride and there was a small leak, said Tennessee Department of Safety Director of Communications Mike Browning. He added that he didn’t think there was any danger to the public.
THP Trooper William Bennett investigated the accident, with the assistance of Mt. Juliet Police, Wilson County Sheriff’s Department and Lebanon Police, who assisted in directing traffic off I-40 at the Highway 109 and Beckwith Road exits.
Editor’s Note: Tomi L. Wiley is the editor of The Chronicle of Mt. Juliet. She may be contacted at Editor@thechronicleofmtjuliet.com.