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A leaking valve on a tanker truck was blamed for the spilling of 5,000 gallons of sulfuric acid onto Interstate 24 on Monday evening. Officials reported that a Palm Freight truck from LaVergne was traveling along the interstate when the valve began leaking, thus causing the flammable, caustic chemical to spill along the highway. The driver had picked up the load of acid in Clarksville Monday evening, but did not notice it was leaking until he was in Nashville. He then pulled off on the James Robertson Parkway exit ramp, and in attempting to stop the leak, suffered burns to his arms and eyes. He, as well as another motorist driving behind the tanker, were transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) was called and sent a specially trained hazardous materials cleanup company to assist in the cleanup, as well as sending a Hazmat crew. According to authorities, they believe the spill to be contained within a half mile from where the driver stopped the tanker. Although the sulfuric acid reportedly ran off into some water drains, Metro Water Services officials said they do not believe there is any danger to the water supply. After Hazmat crews replaced contaminated soil along the highway with new soil, the fire department deemed the area safe, and the ramp was reopened early Thursday morning.

Clarksville police spokesperson Jim Knoll said that after a motorist reported seeing a substance leaking from the tanker truck, a portion of the Clarksville roadway was closed on Monday evening as crews worked to clean up that roadway. Other stretches of roadways closed for cleanup included Cumberland Drive and Zinc Plant Road Bridge. Motorists driving through any of these areas Monday evening are encouraged to check the tires on their vehicles for any damage. Drivers can call Palm Freight Systems for more information if they are concerned about damage to their vehicles.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that sports-related concussions in the United States have reached an epidemic level, with approximately 1.5 to 3.8 million sports-related concussions in this country each year. When we think of sports-related concussions, we usually think of contact sports such as football, rugby or soccer. However, these sports are not the only culprits, as doctors are treating student athletes for concussions from such sports as basketball, cheerleading, gymnastics and even wakeboarding.

Doctors from Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in Nashville say they are treating more patients with sports-related injuries, and while these injuries range from heat related injuries to sprains and strains, they are seeing the greatest increase in treating sports-related concussions. Dr. Alex Diamond with Vanderbilt Sports Medicine said that in the first year of Vanderbilt’s Sports Concussion Center, he treated 142 patients. Before the center opened, Dr. Diamond saw fewer than ten cases. “The number of concussions are probably the same, but yes we are seeing a significant amount more of them because of the increase in recognition and response to them. Which is a good thing,” he said.

One patient of Dr. Diamond, Rebekah Faulkner, 16, was playing basketball at school, when she dove for a loose ball at the same time a player from the opposing team dove for the ball, collided with the opposing player, and ended up with a concussion. Faulkner stated that it felt like someone was slamming something at her head, over and over again, and that “it was the worst headache I’ve ever had.” Faulkner developed not only speech difficulty with her concussion, but memory loss before and after, as well.

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