BREAKING: MPD Releases Preliminary Report from I-65 Overturned 18-Wheeler Accident

 

UPDATE (10:28 p.m.) — All lanes are open on I-65 south bound.


UPDATE (5:15 p.m.) — The I-65 north bound lanes are now open to traffic. South bound still remains closed.

Mobile Police released new information about the deadly crash on Interstate 65 involving an 18-wheeler. According to a preliminary investigation, the crash happened when a Toyota Sequoia merging onto I-65 from Airport Blvd, hit a Volvo tractor trailer tanker that was traveling northbound on I-65.  The tanker then swerved left, jackknifed, and hit the overhead sign post. The tanker then overturned over the median into the southbound lanes of I-65.

The driver of the tanker was ejected from the and pronounced dead on the scene.

The overhead sign over I-65 southbound collapsed and hit the windshield of a third vehicle.


UPDATE (3:00 p.m.) — The material that spilled from the truck is alkaline, a sizing agent.

It is used in paper production and is not considered a hazardous substance.


UPDATE: Mobile Fire Public Information Officer Steve Huffman says the material that leaked from the 18-Wheeler is not hazardous.

The paperwork for what chemical was being transported was wrong in the truck. Airport Boulevard is now open, but I-65 remains closed for clean up.

At this time we do not know where the truck is from or where it was heading.


MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — An 18-wheeler has overturned on I-65 southbound after a multiple vehicle collision.  Northbound and southbound I-65 is shut down.

Steve Huffman, spokesperson for Mobile Fire Rescue says the material spilled on the roadway is Styrene Monomer is highly flammable so they have evacuated 1,000 feet from the area.  Styrene Monomer is moderately toxic to people.

Huffman says the truck driver was traveling north bound hit another vehicle.

The driver of the truck died as a result of the accident.


Here is some drone footage that a viewer shared with News 5 of the scene. You can see the emptiness of I-65 as it was cleared after being closed for clean up.

 

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