Morning commuters got quite the surprise on Tuesday when a large portion of the second-busiest road in town was closed due to a fuel spill.

According to city law enforcement officials, a vehicle travelling south on Cedar Lane had diesel fuel spilling from it, prompting city officials to close the road and clean up the spill. The spill stretched along a large swath of Cedar Lane, from William Northern Boulevard down to West Lincoln Street – approximately 1.7 miles of roadway.

Officials with the Tullahoma Police Department, like Investigative Sgt. Harry Conway, were out on the road as early as 8 a.m. on Tuesday assisting in rerouting traffic off the road and allowing city and state crews to clean up the fuel.

“We’re keeping traffic from travelling on the southbound lane until we can get this cleaned up,” Conway said. “You always want to jump on this as soon as you can,” he added, referencing the speed of the cleanup efforts.

Trucks from the Tennessee Department of Transportation could be seen around 9:30 a.m. tossing sand over the residue along Cedar Lane near the D.W. Wilson Community Center, trying to clean up any leftover fuel that may have been left behind.

While crews were cleaning up the road, the southbound lane of Cedar Lane was closed to all traffic, with Tullahoma Police and Fire Department crews rerouting traffic back to North Jackson Street until the roadway was cleared.

Public Information Officer Winston Brooks announced the road completely reopened to traffic as of 9:48 a.m.

The cause of the spill was undetermined by press time.

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