Fuel Tanker Overturns After Small Rupture

By: | 12/23/2012 03:58 PM ET
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A truck has spilled fuel from its tanker after it overturns on Interstate 65 in Birmingham, Alabama, causing the highway to be shut down in both directions.

The accident occurred Friday morning and state transportation officials had closed the highway overnight to clear debut and fuel.

Birmingham Fire Marshal C.W. Mardis said the truck driver was taken to UAB hospital. A woman in another vehicle was also injured.

Mardis said a truck owned by Dalton, Ga.-based Spirit Express, LLC, was carrying 8,500 gallons of fuel and suffered “a small rupture.” He said Friday night that officials were trying to “stop the leak and clean up the fuel.”

Authorities required some motorists to leave their vehicles on the interstate as the spill was contained.

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