1 dead, 1 injured after tanker truck hauling ‘hazardous material’ tips over on Hwy 79, road back open

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BLOUNT COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — UPDATE: Blount County Sheriff Mark Moon has declared that Hwy 79 is back open following the fatal crash Thursday afternoon.

UPDATE: The Blount County EMA has now confirmed that another person has also been injured in Thursday’s tanker truck crash on Hwy 79.

The injured person was a passenger in the truck at the time of the crash. ALEA Trooper Chuck Daniel also confirmed that the tanker truck was hauling explosive material at the time of the accident.

No other information has been released. Hwy 79 is still closed at this time.

UPDATE: The Blount County Emergency Management Agency has confirmed that one person has died as a result of a tanker truck overturning on Hwy 79.

Authorities say the driver of the truck is the fatal victim.

ALEA Trooper Chuck Daniel says that while there are “hazardous material” onboard the truck, there is no threat to the public.

No other information has been released. Hwy 79 is still closed at this time.

ORIGINAL: An oil tanker containing “hazardous materials” tipped over on Hwy 79 N, causing road closures in both directions.

The road between County Hwy 26 and Maple Drive is currently closed at this time.

Blount County officials say there is one injury reported at this time.

First responders are on the scene at this time.

No other information has been released at this time. Stay with CBS 42 as this is an ongoing story.


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