Drinking water unaffected after Chapman Hwy. gasoline spill

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- At least 1,000 gallons of gasoline has spilled on Chapman Highway after a tanker accident on Chapman Highway in the 8500 block at Simpson Road.

After all lanes were closed most of the morning, Tennessee Highway Patrol has now reopened Chapman Highway.

The main discharge valve on the truck was damaged when the tanker veered off the road and clipped telephone poll at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, causing gasoline to spill across the area.

A small number of homes were evacuated initially, but that order has been lifted.

The driver said the tanker was carrying about 5,000 gallons of gasoline.

Knox County Rural Metro has been on the scene with hazmat crews and said the leak has been contained.

Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation oversaw the cleanup, and say there is no environmental threat at this time. Officials with the Seymour Fire Department say fuel went into storm drain systems and minimum quantities of dirt were contaminated, but buoys were placed down stream to suck up petroleum.

TDEC also said drinking water has not been affected.

We’ve been told that TDEC has found a source of fuel pooled up in a field behind us and instead of digging that up because they’re afraid of damaging too much soil close to the creek. They’re going to leave that alone and boom the creek, and catch it as the rain water flushes it out of the creek," said Jeff Bagwell of Rural Metro Fire.

Hazmat crews arrived at the scene of the accident at approximately 7:00 a.m.

No injuries were reported from the accident, and the Tennessee Highway Patrol is investigating the crash itself.

Seymour Volunteer Fire initially responded to the accident Wednesday morning. KUB was on the scene restoring power to approximately 1,300 people.