Overturned tanker closes I-40 in NC mountains

COVE CREEK, N.C. (AP) -- Authorities say Interstate 40 in the North Carolina mountains will remains closed for several hours as crews clean up after a tanker truck overturned near the Tennessee state line.

The Department of Transportation said the tanker wrecked Monday afternoon at mile marker 6 in Haywood County and closed the entire road. Authorities aren't sure they can reopen the interstate before early Tuesday morning.

Officials are recommending anyone wanting to drive through the mountains on I-40 to take Interstate 26 in Asheville west to Johnson City, Tenn., then take Interstate 81 south back to I-40 in Jefferson County, Tenn.

No traffic on I-40 is being allowed past Cocke County in Tennessee or past Exit 20 in North Carolina.


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