Truck fire closed I 24 coming down from Monteagle Mountain

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MONTEAGLE (WDEF) A tanker truck fire has shutdown I 24 at the foot of Mounteagle Mountain.

The truck heading eastbound toward Chattanooga made it to the bottom of the mountain, but then pulled over.

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Reports say the driver jumped out to escape the flames.

Fire trucks have been dousing the rig with water for the last 20 minutes.

And that required them to completely block off all the lanes down the mountain.

Now I 24 is a parking lot half way up the mountain toward Monteagle.

TDOT estimates the scene will be cleared by 3PM Eastern.

Since the highway splits going up the mountain, westbound traffic toward Nashville isn’t affected.