I-24 back open after tractor trailer accident Tuesday morning

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It took all of Wednesday morning, but things finally got back to normal on I-24 West in Chattanooga after an crash shut down the interstate.

First responders found out very quickly they were going to have their hands full with this one.

The ridge cut on I-24 is often a headache for drivers with traffic, but it was made worse by an overturned 18-wheeler.

“Everyday almost, we see some sort of accident or something going on,” driver Rebecca Rogers said.

No other cars were involved in the accident, but the big rig was blocking all lanes of traffic.

Then, as crews tried to get it back upright, they realized they had another problem.

“The truck was carrying motor oil, which in turn was leaking all over the interstate,” Chattanooga Police Sergeant Justin Kilgore said.

Cleaning up the oil spill took some time, and forced them to keep all lanes closed.

That backed up traffic for miles.

Rogers works at Sugar’s Ribs right off the ridge cut. She said she can normally get to work in under a half hour.

It took quite a bit longer Wednesday.

Still, she said it could have been even worse.

“Lucky for the TDOT signs this morning. They saved me, because cause I saw them before I hit the traffic, so I knew I was going to have to get off and re-route myself another way,” Rogers said.

Kilgore said it’s a dangerous spot, but there is something drivers can do to help cut down on crashes at the ridge cut.

“We just ask that if you’re going down the ridge cut, slow your speed down, whether your driving a car, or a truck, an 18-wheeler, whatever, just slow your speed down, because this curve with this amount of cars can be very dangerous,” Kilgore said.

The truck driver was injured, but police said his injuries are not life-threatening.

Depend on us to keep you posted.


Chattanooga dispatchers tell us part of I-24 is shut down after a tractor trailer rolled over.

The accident happened around 4:30 Wednesday morning at the Dodds Avenue exit, and was still causing traffic issues as of 8 a.m.

Dispatchers tell us I-24 westbound is shut down at mile marker 181.

Watch live updates on Good Morning Chattanooga.

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