Around 8:40 a.m., the driver of a tanker truck, hauling approximately 7,500 gallons of ethanol, took the ramp from I-155 onto Highway 412. While making the turn, the truck did two rollovers and came to rest in a ditch below the ramp. Dyersburg Fire Chief Bob Veal said the tanker was reportedly coming from an ethanol plant in Obion County. Ethanol is an alcohol-based fuel made by fermenting and distilling starch crops, such as corn.
The Dyersburg Fire Dept.'s haz-mat crew and other emergency officials were dispatched to the scene immediately after the wreck. Veal said the driver of the truck was transported to Dyersburg Regional Medical Center with minor injuries. As Dyersburg Police blocked off traffic, Veal stated the haz-mat crew quickly identified the liquid cargo as ethanol and stabilized the scene. The crew then performed dyking measures to contain the leaking ethanol. Veal estimates that approximately 1,500 gallons of ethanol leaked from the tanker. Two certified haz-mat cleanup teams from Nashville and Memphis were notified and are in the initial stages of performing a cleanup of the spill.
Veal added the driver of the truck was released from DRMC on Tuesday. Dyersburg Police are investigating the crash. They could not release any information on the wreck on Tuesday.
Veal stated the cleanup of the site could take two to three days.