UPDATE: According to Birmingham police,
the Hispanic driver was hauling furniture from Miramar, Florida and was pulled out of the vehicle by good Samaritans. On the scene he argued with Spanish speaking officers and was eventually released to another truck driver on location.
Authorities on the scene believe the driver may have been allegedly under the influence of a controlled substance.
The driver had no ID on him at the scene.
UPDATE: The Jefferson County EMA reports that the diesel fuel that spilled was confined to the area. There are no hazardous conditions.
With the fire out and the spill contained, east and west bound lanes are being reopened over the next half hour. Expect continued delays for about another hour before traffic is back to normal.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT)- ORIGINAL: The Birmingham Fire Department has closed I-20/59 between Ave I and Ensley Avenue due to an overturned 18 wheeler on fire.
Chief Mardis told us that the driver of the 18 wheeler was transported to UAB hospital for observation but does not seem to be in bad condition.
The Birmingham Fire Department had to lay a fire hose from a hydrant at Pike Road & 29th Street to put the fire out.
Jefferson County EMA has just arrived on the scene to inspect diesel fuel that spilled.
CBS 42 has a crew on the scene and will update you when more information becomes available.
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