Polk County, Tenn. — Environmental crews are evaluating the impact after a tanker truck carrying 8,000 gallons of fuel crashed into the Ocoee River.
The crash happened Tuesday at 5 p.m. off Highway 64, between milemarker 11 and 12 in Polk County. The Ocoee is well known for its whitewater rafting, but the crash actually happened downstream from the rafting area.
The tanker was carrying 4,000 gallons of gas, and 4,000 gallons of diesel fuel. The driver received only minor injuries.
Hazmat crews are working to clean up the spill, and have deployed two booms to help contain the spill. They are also working to remove the truck from the river. Crews from the Environmental Protection Agency arrived Wednesday morning to monitor the cleanup.
Highway 64 will likely remain closed through Wednesday evening.