published Monday, December 16th, 2013

U.S. 64 shutdown in Murphy snarled traffic, closed several businesses

CHEROKEE COUNTY, N.C. — A tanker carrying close to 9,000 gallons of fuel wrecked Monday morning in Cherokee County, causing major delays for drivers. The accident happened around 2:30 a.m. on U.S. 64 in Murphy, North Carolina. The truck did not spill any fuel onto the road but getting the tanker back upright, and the fuel into another truck was no easy task.

It took more than nine hours to get things moving again. Students and teachers were not only delayed in getting to school, but several businesses were closed down as crews worked to clear the scene.

"It affects local businesses and commercial traffic back and forth. It's a major thoroughfare between Murphy, North Carolina and Chattanooga, Tennessee," says Murphy Fire Chief Al Lovingood.

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