UPDATE: ALDOT said cleanup had wrapped up in a few areas of north Alabama after metal shavings fell off a truck Thursday morning and as of about 2 p.m., all lanes are open and clear.
COLBERT AND LAWRENCE COUNTIES, Ala. – Volunteer firefighters with Spring Valley in Colbert County and ALDOT workers picked up metal shavings by hand along Highway 20 on Thursday.
Just after noon, ALDOT officials said all lanes were reopened on US-72 from AL-247 to the Lawrence County line, and most cleanup had been completed on AL-20 in Mogan County, but crews were still checking US-72 in western Colbert County and cleanup was ongoing on AL-20 in Lawrence County.
Colbert EMA advised drivers to drive carefully along US-72 and Highway 20 between the Mississippi State Line and Madison.
According to ALDOT, eastbound drivers on the impacted parts of U.S. 72 and Alabama 20 experienced lane and shoulder closures.
This scrap metal has caused numerous flats across north Alabama from the Mississippi state line to as far as Madison, according to authorities.