UPDATE: I-59 northbound lanes remain closed until further notice due to overturned 18-wheeler

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Motorists are asked to use the following detour routes after an 18-wheeler containing hazardous materials overturned Thursday afternoon on I-65 near the Arkadelphia exit.

  • I-59/20 northbound traffic should detour onto I-459 northbound.

The lanes will be closed until further notice, possibly until the end of Friday, Oct. 2, ALDOT reports.

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I-59/20 southbound lanes reopen
6:57 a.m. Friday

According to ALDOT, southbound lanes are now open on I-59/20 NB at MP 124.7. All lanes were closed earlier due to an overturned vehicle containing hazardous materials. The northbound lanes remain closed.

6:09 a.m. Friday

At this time, the I-59 Arkadelphia exit is blocked and the I-65 southbound lane on the junction is shut down.

The interstate remains closed Friday morning.

2:55 p.m. Thursday

Birmingham Fire and Rescue crews are working to control a chemical spill after an 18-wheeler overturned on Interstate 59.

Around 2 p.m., authorities responded to an overturned 18-wheeler on I-59 near the Arkadelphia exit.

Birmingham Fire and Rescue said 5,000 gallons of sodium hydrosulfite spilled when the 18-wheeler overturned. The chemical is corrosive and toxic, Battalion Chief Jackie Hix said. The Birmingham Fire and Rescue hazardous unit responded to the scene.

Because of the overturned 18-wheeler, the Alabama Department of Transportation announced that all lanes in each direction on I-59/20 NB are closed due until further notice.

Thursday evening, the 18-wheeler was still lying in the roadway while authorities continued to strategize a cleanup.

Check back with CBS 42 for more updates.


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