I-40 west finally reopen after wreck

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 at 1:57am
Staff reports

All four lanes of Interstate 40 West, to the east of downtown Nashville are back open this morning, a day and a half after a tractor trailer got stuck under the Elm Hill Pike overpass.

TDOT shut down all westbound lanes Tuesday night so that two large cranes could remove the cargo from the Interstate. Crews had initially planned to remove the load at 10 a.m. Tuesday, but rescheduled the closure because of fears traffic tie-ups would be too severe. 

Traffic was rerouted onto Old Hickory Boulevard, Lebanon Road and Donelson back to I-40 for about six hours starting at 9 p.m.

The truck and trailer that caused the delays had been traveling toward Nashville, just before 2 p.m. Monday when it became wedged under the Elm Hill Pike overpass near mile marker 218, between the Donelson Pike/Nashville Airport and Stewarts Ferry Pike exits.

TDOT says the flatbed trailer broke when crews moved it out from under the overpass. They had to have have two cranes come in to move the more than 140,000 pounds of cargo on board.