Coopertown Road in West Oneida is expected to be closed for the remainder of Wednesday morning, after an asphalt truck overturned and spilled its load in the roadway.
The accident occurred shortly before 9:30 a.m., when an east-bound Miller & Sons Paving truck overturned in front of the 7th District Volunteer Fire Department.
The truck's driver, Jason Miller, was not seriously injured. He was transported by private vehicle to a Knoxville-area hospital for treatment.
According to witnesses, the accident occurred after the truck left the south side of the pavement and clipped an embankment, causing it to eventually overturn in the middle of the highway.
Jason Watson, a member of the 7th District Volunteer Fire Department, said he was inside the fire hall doing some work when the accident occurred.
"I heard it overturn and it scared me," he said. "It was a loud boom. I thought he was hurt bad."
Tennessee Department of Transportation crews were on site shortly after 10 a.m. to assist with clean-up efforts. Wendy Walker, Scott County Emergency Management Agency director, who is on site, said part of the truck's load was spilled into a stream. She said an assessment will need to be conducted before it can be determined whether a special clean-up crew will be needed.
On the east side, Coopertown Road was closed at its intersection with RL Marcum Road, where traffic was being diverted back towards Oneida. With the highway expected to be closed until at least lunch time as the wreckage was cleared, thru traffic is being advised to take Verdun Road to O&W Road, and O&W Road west to Toomey Road. However, commercial traffic is not expected to have a way through until the highway is reopened.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol is investigating the accident.