Chemical Spill Closes Down I-24 & Homes Evacuated

MURFREESBORO, TN –A hazardous materials situation in the Buchanan area has been resolved, traffic will remain an issue until early evening hours.

A crash of two semi-trucks on I-24 westbound at mile marker 87 led to evacuations on Wednesday.

More than 150 homes in Buchanan Estates were forced from their homes as a result of the incident. The evacuation order came two-hours after residents were told at 4am to shelter in place, turn off their HVAC units and to close doors and windows.

Emergency crews had to go door to door to alert residents of the evacuations and used PA systems on their emergency vehicles as well.

Patterson Park was set up as a shelter for displaced residents until the evacuation order was lifted.

Over 10 hours later, hazmat crews declared it safe for Buchanan residents to return to their homes and that air quality shouldn’t be an issue and HVAC units can be safe to use.

Rutherford County PIO Lisa Marchesoni told us, “We are happy to have this resolved without any major injures.”

The Tennessee Highway Patrol is now investigating the crash, which will cause I-24 to remain closed, both eastbound (toward Chattanooga) and westbound (toward Nashville). Eastbound traffic is likely to be re-opened during the afternoon drive (possibly around 4pm), which westbound lanes will take much longer to open.