Overturned gasoline tanker blocks traffic on Hwy 431 near Gilbert Baugh Ford

Northeast Alabama

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ALBERTVILLE, Ala. – An 18 wheeler tanker carrying gasoline overturned on Hwy 431 in front of Gilbert Baugh Ford Wednesday.

The accident happened around 4 p.m. The Marshall County EMA reports the driver was trapped inside the truck for over an hour and gas is leaking from the tank. The driver was rescued from the truck and transported to Marshall Medical Centers South where he is listed in stable condition.

Hwy 431 is closed between George Wallace drive and Arbor Acres Rd until further notice. Motorists should use Hwy 205 as an alternate route and stay clear of the area.

The Marshall County EMA says all businesses within one mile of the wreck should shelter in place until the scene is cleared.

According to Albertville Police preliminary reports suggest the unidentified driver of the tanker truck put the truck in the ditch to avoid hitting cars that stopped on the highway. Police on the scene say the driver’s quick thinking “probably saved lots of lives.”

The fuel is being cleaned up by a hazmat team brought in from Chattanooga.

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