Overturned tanker closes a lane of I-40 in NC

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 (AP) — Authorities say one lane of Interstate 40 West in the North Carolina mountains has reopened 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.

Officials said early Tuesday the left lane had reopened. They hoped to have the right lane reopened by 8 a.m. Tuesday.

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.