Six Day Clean-Up Operation on Interstate 24 in Marion Co. Now Finished

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MARION COUNTY, TN (WDEF) – Tuesday was day six of the clean-up operation along Interstate 24 in Marion County.

You don’t hear that too often — traffic affected for almost a week because crews are cleaning up after a serious tractor trailer wreck.

Steve Lamb, Director of Emergency Management for Marion County, says, "We’re kind of mopping up today."

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State and local workers mopped up paint resin from a creek near Haletown.

Last Thursday, the driver of a big rig went off the roadway and crashed right into the creek.

Lamb adds, "The trucking company has been very cooperative with us. They brought a lot of resources in on this."

But it’s been a slow go.

It took a day and a half just to pull the tractor trailer out.

Lamb says, "Due to the steep banks, we can’t physically carry the material up the hill. So, we’re using equipment to help us get the stuff off the bank."

Crews even had to lower the water level, so they could start getting the "taffy" like substance out of the creek.

Lamb adds, "It’s shipped in a warm state, about 150 degrees, and when it cools off it starts solidifying."

That’s posed another problem.

However, emergency management officials say they’ll have the road and creek literally all clear by Wednesday.

And even though the spill was contained, and none of it reached the Tennessee River, officials will still monitor it for quite some time.

The driver of the tractor trailer is still recovering from his serious injuries.