1 confirmed dead in multi-vehicle accident on I-20/59 South near Tuscaloosa

Accident on Interstate 20/59 South near Tuscaloosa, Wednesday, August 21, 2013. (

A 5-vehicle accident involving at least two 18-wheelers on Interstate 20/59 South near Tuscaloosa has left one person dead, Alabama State Troopers confirmed today.

Authorities responded to the crash around 2 p.m. near exit 71A and shut down the interstate for over three hours as traffic backed up for miles. Motorists are being routed to I-359 as crews continue to clear the scene.

The identity of the victim killed in the accident hasn't been released.

ABC 33/40 reporter Isaiah Harper is at the scene and will have an update on this accident on the news at 5 and 6 p.m. You can watch live online here.