Wreck & diesel spill cause traffic problems leading to the Highway 31 bridge

DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) –  Traffic was down to one lane southbound Thursday morning leading to the Highway 31 bridge.  This, after a wreck involving an 18-wheeler.

It happened around 6:15 a.m. on the Highway 20 overpass leading to the bridge.

Authorities say the driver of the 18 wheeler ran into a guardrail.

Traffic has been slowed due to an 18 wheeler wreck and diesel fuel spill on the Highway 31 bridge in Decatur. (WHNT News 19)

Traffic has slowed due to an 18 wheeler wreck and diesel fuel spill on the Highway 31 bridge in Decatur. (WHNT News 19)

The collision crushed the fuel tanks and ripped the tires out from under the vehicle.

An estimated 75 gallons of diesel fuel leaked onto the road.

Traffic in the area was slow for several hours as crews cleared the scene.

The driver of the 18-wheeler was not injured.


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