UPDATE: Hwy. 79 reopens south of Guntersville after truck fire

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MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Highway 79 reopened just south of Guntersville  after a truck carrying multiple canisters of substances overturned.

Guntersville Fire Captain Kevin Perry says it happened around 11 o’clock Wednesday morning. “A large semi truck was moving northbound on Highway 79 south. It caught on fire while in transit.”

The truck veered off of the road and overturned. Captain Perry says the driver of the truck was able to get out safely.

Officials say the fuel truck was carrying various compressed gases. “Once we were able to find out the hazards on board, we were able to evacuate the area of approximately one mile,” Captain Perry says.

Both lanes of traffic were shut down while crews worked to put the fire out.

Fire crews from Guntersville, Nixon Chapel and Pleasant Grove quickly contained the fire.

Officials say the truck driver is okay.

The lanes opened back up about an hour and a half after the initial call came in. “There’s been no substances spilled on the ground,” Captain Perry says.

State troopers and Marshall County Emergency Management officials were on scene after the lanes opened.

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