1 northbound lane of Hwy 431 bridge to remain closed for weeks - WAFF-TV: News, Weather and Sports for Huntsville, AL

1 northbound lane of Hwy 431 bridge to remain closed for weeks

Cases of oil spilled out of the back of the truck over the bridge. (Source: WAFF Staff) Cases of oil spilled out of the back of the truck over the bridge. (Source: WAFF Staff)
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Crews work to install new guard rail. (Source: WAFF) Crews work to install new guard rail. (Source: WAFF)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - One northbound lane and one southbound lane of Highway 431 are back open from the 18-wheeler wreck that closed the road in both directions.

The southbound lane closure will be in effect for several days while Hazmat crews clean up spilled motor oil from the truck's cargo. 

Meanwhile, at least one northbound lane will be closed for up to weeks while workers make repairs to the bridge's substructure. Officials will seek bids. A design will be drawn up and repairs could start within six weeks.

Crews were on the scene Friday to inspect the bridge and install a new guardrail. 

Police said that the 18-wheeler crashed into the guardrail and toppled over the bridge and into the water. Both north and southbound lanes of Highway 431 were closed overnight.

The accident occurred about one mile south of Taylor Road when the northbound semi hit the guard rail.

The driver has not been identified. It is also unknown who the owner of the truck is but that it is from Michigan. Officials are trying to determine where the truck was coming from and where it was headed.

Early Friday morning, a car went through the road blocks and hit a police car. No injuries were reported and officers said that the man didn't see the road blocks and that he was tired.

Police reminded drivers to be careful through the area. 

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