Asheville - All but one southbound lane of Interstate 85 near the Little Rock Road exit re-opened by 6 a.m. after N.C Department of Transportation and other crews cleaned up a hazardous material spill.
On Monday evening, a truck hauling 1,000 gallons of asphalt sealant on a trailer spilled its cargo during a crash involving three vehicles.
Various emergency response teams including the Charlotte-Mecklenburg police, Charlotte Fire Department and North Carolina Incident Management Assistance Patrol responded to the incident to assist with various duties including cleanup and traffic control.
Motorists were directed to a detour that guided them off I-85, onto the I-485 Inner Loop and then back to I-85 South.
The far left lane opened Tuesday at 3:34 a.m. after cleanup crews, including and independent contractor, used sand and other absorbent material to soak up the sealant which is considered highly flammable. All but one lane re-opened in time for the daily morning commute.
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