Two 18-wheelers involved in unrelated wrecks in Tuscaloosa - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Two 18-wheelers involved in unrelated wrecks in Tuscaloosa

This 18-wheeler wrecked near exit 79 in Tuscaloosa. Source: WBRC video This 18-wheeler wrecked near exit 79 in Tuscaloosa. Source: WBRC video
The scene of the wreck near Exit 79 in Tuscaloosa. Source: WBRC video The scene of the wreck near Exit 79 in Tuscaloosa. Source: WBRC video
Another 18-wheeler overturned at Exit 77 on I-20/59 toward Tuscaloosa. Source: WBRC video Another 18-wheeler overturned at Exit 77 on I-20/59 toward Tuscaloosa. Source: WBRC video
Tuscaloosa police respond to the scene of the 18-wheeler overturned at Exit 79. Source: WBRC video Tuscaloosa police respond to the scene of the 18-wheeler overturned at Exit 79. Source: WBRC video
TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) -

Two 18-wheelers wrecked in Tuscaloosa in unrelated incidents on Tuesday. One of the wrecks has traffic baked up for miles starting at the Cottondale/Coaling Exit 77.

Around 10 a.m., an 18-wheeler overturned near Exit 77 on I-20/59 and Buttermilk Road. Tuscaloosa police and fire department officers responded to the wreck.

According to Sgt. Brent Blankley with Tuscaloosa Police, the truck driver said he was getting off the ramp and heading toward a truck stop when he saw an approaching car that did not seem like it was going to stop. The driver put on his breaks, then his load shifted and the truck turned over on its side.

The 18-wheeler was carrying DDE-4 cleaning solvent, a hazardous material, so a hazmat crew also responded to the scene to clean up the spill. The interstate did not have to shut down due to the wreck.

Another 18-wheeler wrecked next to Exit 79 in the southbound lane of I-20/59 in Tuscaloosa, just one exit past the other wreck. The driver of the truck suffered minor injuries and was taken to DCH for treatment. It was the only vehicle involved in the wreck.

Officials closed I-59 southbound at 3:30 p.m. Officials say the road is opening intermittently as crews help clean up the scene.

Traffic is backed up eight to ten miles on I-59 westbound, all the way back to the Mercedes plant exit in Vance due to the wreck.

Check back with this story for details.

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