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Overturned oil tanker on I-65 shuts down interstate in Shelby County

overturned oil tanker; courtesy of Alabaster Fire Department

UPDATE (9:15 p.m) Crews are still at the scene of the overturned oil tanker near mile marker 237 on I-65 conducting the removal process.

Fire officials say the process of removing the gasoline from the overturned 18-wheeler to the spare tanker is still ongoing., and that due to the amount involved, the process is slow and methodical.

Authorities are hopeful I-65 will be re-opened before midnight.

The next update is expected to be provided at 10:15 p.m

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UPDATE (6:11 p.m) Alabaster Fire crews remain on the scene of the overturned oil tanker in the area of the 237 miler marker on I-65.

Officials say the driver of the truck has been transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

According to authorities, the oil tanker was carrying approximately 8,000 gallons of gasoline.

At this time, the trailer is not punctured.

Precautions are in place to contain any runoff if a leak does occur.

Additionally, Fire officials say precautions are in place to contain other hazards that could also occur.

Alabaster Fire in a Facebook post said I-65 will remain closed during the process of removing the gasoline from the wrecked 18-wheeler while transferring it to another tanker.

There is no estimated time for reopening I-65.

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Alabama Law Enforcement Agency and multiple municipalities are on scene of an overturned oil tanker on I-65 NB near mile-marker 237.

Alabaster Police tweeted that there is a detour at exit 238 onto highway 31 SB.

Both lanes of traffic are closed between mile-markers 238 and 234.

Authorities expect delays for another hour.

We have a crew on scene and will provide updates once more information becomes available.

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