BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - All lanes on I-59-20 NB are now open after they were closed Friday afternoon to clean up a chemical spill.
According to ALDOT, all hazardous materials have been removed and the lanes have been repainted.
I-59/20 is closed in both directions Thursday night in Birmingham after an overturned 18-wheeler spilled 39,000 pounds of the chemical sodium hydrosulfide.
The powder-to-liquid conversation is about 5,000 gallons.
The incident occurred Thursday around 2 p.m. and according to ALDOT the freeway could remain closed until the end of Friday, October 2.
On Friday morning, Birmingham Fire & Rescue Battalion Chief Jackie Hicks says the chemical is difficult to clean up because it is corrosive and toxic. He said it’s assumed at least 25% percent of the chemical spilled from the 18-wheeler.
The actual clean-up process began at 8:30 a.m. Friday.
Motorists are asked by ALDOT to use the following detours:
- I-59/20 northbound traffic should detour onto I-459 northbound
- I-59/20 southbound traffic should detour onto I-65 northbound or I-65 southbound
For more up-to-date detours Friday morning, follow the WBRC FOX6 Traffic Twitter page or click here.
Sodium hydrosulfide is potentially toxic, according to government reports.
We’re told by authorities that the driver did not sustain any injuries in the accident.