One Dead Following I-65 Tanker Explosion; Motorists being diverted, expect delays

FireFranklin, TN – Emergency responders were dispatched to I-65 South at Peytonsville Road at 3:40 this morning for a tanker truck that appears to have struck an overpass support column and burst into flames. The driver is believed to have been traveling at Interstate speeds when the collision occurred; no other vehicles were involved. The driver of the truck died during the crash.

The fire has been put out, and north and southbound I-65 traffic is flowing, but must exit at Peytonsville Road and then re-enter the Interstate. Motorists should consider alternate routes, and expect all north/south routes through Franklin to have significant delays. Bridge inspectors are working to determine if the Peytonsville Road bridge is safe to travel over, or under. Storm water experts have determined that area water systems have not been compromised.

Multiple agencies are on-scene, working to manage this event which is expected to remain active for the foreseeable future.

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