ALBERTVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Albertville police have closed northbound and southbound lanes of US 431 at Gilbert Baugh Ford as work begins to clean up after a traffic wreck involving a tanker truck.
Assistant Police Chief Jamie Smith said the tanker was carrying gasoline and fuel is leaking from the truck. Motorists were diverted off Highway 431 when it was determined the truck was hauling gasoline.
Highway 431 is closed between George Wallace Drive and Arbor Acres. You can bypass 431 by using Highway 205, Solitude Road, and George Wallace Dr.
Marshall County Emergency Management Agency officials said the tanker has a capacity of 8,500 gallons and that it had overturned.
Crews extricated the driver after about an hour and a half of work. The driver was taken to the hospital for treatment of a broken leg. He remains at Marshall Medical Center South in stable condition.
Police said the driver had swerved to avoid cars and crashed into a 15-foot ditch.
Albertville Fire Department was also called to the scene. Water was sprayed on the truck as a precaution.
At a 7 p.m. update Wednesday, officials said they expected the closure of Highway 431 to last no less than five to seven hours.
Cleanup crews began arriving around 8 p.m., including two relief trucks from Spirit Express, the company who owns the wrecked tanker, who began off-loading the remaining fuel.
A Birmingham-based crew was brought in to assist with getting the wrecked truck uprighted and removed.
By then, officials said it looked likely that the roadways would not open again until the early morning hours of Thursday.
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