Created: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 01:15:21 EST
Updated: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 01:15:21 EST
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A tanker truck explosion and fire in Middle Tennessee killed one person early Friday, and authorities said the southbound lanes of Interstate 65 could be closed until Monday afternoon.
Tennessee Department of Transportation spokeswoman B.J. Doughty said the back end of a trailer carrying unleaded gasoline swerved, hitting a vertical column supporting a bridge.
The tanker split in half, and a portion slid down the road before exploding.
Franklin Police have not yet publicly identified the driver who was killed but said he worked for the Edwards Oil Co. of Lawrenceburg.
Doughty said the Transportation Department was constructing a new bridge and interchange at the crash site. The southbound sides of both the old and new bridges will have to be demolished before the Interstate can fully reopen.