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Truck driver cited in accident that closed lane of I-75

A tractor-trailer plowed into the back of another on Interstate 75 in Dooly County on Tuesday morning, closing one southbound lane for hours and spilling a flammable solvent, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

An environmental crew was sent to clean up the couple of barrels of heptane that spilled, Senior Trooper David Grantham said.

No evacuations were needed and traffic flowed pretty smoothly in the remaining open southbound lane, he said.It took more than nine hours to reopen the other lane, though, as barrels of the chemical were unloaded and taken away. The accident, south of exit 117, was reported to the state patrol about 7:50 a.m. and the interstate fully reopened about 5:30 p.m.

No one was injured in the accident, which apparently occurred when one truck driver fell asleep and ran into the back of another tractor-trailer. One of the trailers cracked in half, damaging the barrels and spilling the heptane, Grantham said.

Driver Nicholas Shirling, of Nashville, Tenn., will be charged with following too close, Grantham said. The other driver is Crespo Gustavo, of Madison, Tenn., Grantham said.

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