A call that came in for Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department as a motor vehicle accident on I-24 turned into a hazardous materials incident Tuesday afternoon around 4:15.
Ladder 9 and Rescue 9 arrived on the scene of a MGI dump truck in a culvert just off the Exit 78 ramp.
The driver was unharmed, but the saddle bag fuel tanks were pierced in the accident, causing fuel to leak into a creek, which runs under I-24, across Armory Drive, and ends up at Robert Rose Drive at a sinkhole.
City Engineer Sam Huddleston was called to the scene and District 9’s hazardous material technicians were able to stop the spill from reaching Robert Rose by using 11 absorbing booms.
Two wreckers arrived on scene to remove the dump truck from the culvert.
AES Environmental Services, was called in to skim the fuel off of the creek.
“The driver was very lucky in this case,” said Shift Commander Dale Maynard. “It could have been a lot worse.”
Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office and the Tennessee Highway Patrol took control of the scene and MFRD crews were released.