I-65 reopened following sodium hydroxide spill


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – Crews reopened all lanes of I-65 southbound around 6:20 a.m. Friday following a chemical spill that forced the closure of all lanes for several hours.

The spill happened around 4:45 p.m. Thursday, according to Birmingham Fire Department spokesperson Sebastian Carillo. He said a chemical, later determined to be sodium hydroxide, leaked out of an 18-wheeler. A motorist alerted the truck’s driver, who then pulled over. Officials responded and shut down both sides of I-65 to begin the cleaning process. One firefighter was transported to UAB Hospital for precautionary measures. Authorities said the chemical did not pose a threat to the public.

Crews opened I-65 northbound late Thursday night, but motorists initially had to use the Green Springs Ave. exit ramps to get around the scene. Crews opened one southbound lane around 5:15 a.m., and cleared the others along with the exit ramp about an hour later.

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