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911 Calls Reveal Chaos After W. Nashville Tanker Crash, Explosion -- Jen French

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WEST NASHVILLE (Jen French) -- Traffic investigators are working to learn what caused a Tri Star Transport LLC tanker to crash and spill 8,500 gallons of gasoline and diesel into the city's storm sewer line Wednesday. The final accident report could take days.
 
Police say 33-year-old Jason Frizzell of Cookeville was driving. A representative from the Department of Homeland Security told FOX 17 that Frizzell's commercial driver's license is valid and it has never been suspended or revoked.
 
FOX 17 looked up Frizzell's commercial and personal driving record. While on the job in 2011, he was cited for not obeying traffic instructions in Knox County.
 
Between 2002 and 2003, he was issued three speeding tickets in Putnam County.
 
Witnesses claim Frizzell lost control while on Centennial Blvd before 1:00 PM Wednesday, but investigators have not determined that yet.
 
Dispatchers say at least 20 people called 911.  
 
FOX 17 uncovered back in 2008, the Environmental Protection Agency fined Tri Star Transport LLC for allegedly spilling 3,700 gallons of oil in Rutherford County. They were issued a $4,500 penalty.
 
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Tri Star Transport LLC has had had seven crashes over the past two years. Wednesday was the company's 8th. The FMCSA says the company isn't necessarily at-fault for all reported crashes.
 
Tri Star Transport LLC issued the following statement:
 
Environmental crews have been onsite since the incident occurred and continue to make progress in cleaning up the fuel that was released from the rolled-over tanker. These crews will remain onsite until the clean-up process is complete. The tanker was carrying diesel and gasoline and was en route to its destination.

We continue to be concerned about the surrounding neighborhood and will diligently support the clean-up process. We are cooperating fully with all local, state and federal agencies.

We are extremely thankful that there were no serious injuries to our driver, the first responders, the clean-up crews and the neighbors in the area. Tri Star Transport is committed to operating in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.

Pat Leding
Safety Director
Tri Star Transport, LLC
 

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