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(NEW YORK) — A shelter-in-place order has been issued after a commercial vehicle carrying swimming pool cleaning supplies crashed into another semi on Interstate 24 in Rutherford County, Tennessee, officials said Wednesday morning.

The truck carrying pool cleaning supplies was leaking chlorine and possibly other chemicals and was on fire on the side of the highway near the tree line, the according to a Rutherford County 911 dispatcher and the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

Officials have asked people within a one square mile radius of the accident to shelter in place, because authorities believe the air is toxic.

This order applied to all residents and businesses within the affected area, which is located near a large residential neighborhood as well as farm land.

Westbound lanes on the interstate were closed as crews worked to contain the spill early Wednesday. A 911 alert first came in at 2:49 a.m.

HAZMAT crews as well as Rutherford County, Tennessee Emergency Management, and Tennessee Highway Patrol officials are working the scene.

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