Update: I-24 back open near Highway 27 after hours of closure, cleanup

Image: NewsChannel 9 SkyCam

UPDATE: Interstate 24 reopened just after 11 a.m., after being closed down for more than 4 hours.

Our NewsChannel 9 SkyCam captured both the wreck cleanup and normal conditions after it reopened.

The result was miles of backed up traffic for people like Briana Blevins Wednesday morning.

“I’ve been stuck in this around the mountain for about 30 minutes," Blevins said.

Blevins sat on Lookout Mountain along with several other drivers, about four miles away from the wreck.

They're used to traffic at this point.

“Especially lately because there’s been tons of wrecks," Blevins said.

Chattanooga Police say the driver of this overturned tractor trailer escaped with minor injuries.

Spilled sheet metal covered the highway, causing eastbound traffic to come to a stand still since around 7 a.m.

Mickie Phengchanh and her husband were heading back to Florida after vacationing here.

“We’re about to leave," she said while sitting in traffic on Cummings Highway.

"We just checked out from the Comfort Inn."

This was not how they thought they would start their trip home.

“They asked the locals to avoid the interstate and take this route," Phengchanh said.

"But we’re stuck now."

The cleanup took more than four hours.

PREVIOUSLY:

TRAFFIC ALERT: Interstate 24 eastbound is closed near the Highway 27 interchange Tuesday morning, after a tractor-trailer overturned a little before 7 a.m. on Wednesday, spilling sheet metal all over the roadway.

We are working to learn more about the crash. Dispatchers tell our crew on the scene the driver suffered minor injuries and was taken to the hospital.

Cleanup from this wreck will take several hours, according to Chattanooga Police:

Drivers are urged to seek an alternate route.

But those alternate routes are now getting clogged with drivers trying to avoid the mess:

This is a developing story. Depend on us to bring you updates as we get them.

Get live, real-time traffic updates by using our Traffic Tracker.


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