throughout the weekend and into Monday near Birmingham, AL, to
finish tearing down a damaged interstate bridge. The bridge span
buckled Saturday morning when a tanker truck driving north on
Interstate 65 jackknifed into a bridge support after reportedly
swerving to avoid a passenger car.
trying to clear debris so one lane of I-65 North and a ramp toward
Tuscaloosa could be reopened Monday. The other northbound lane
is expected to reopen later this week.
of the truck, Tim Dyson of Killen, TX, was killed when the rig
burst into flames. Heat from the explosion caused the steel girders
in the overpass, which carries I-65 southbound traffic, to buckle
and bend the ramp. The driver of the car was treated at the scene
continues, the state DOT advises drivers to seek alternate routes.
Commercial traffic and overweight/oversize permitted loads traveling
north on I-65 are asked to detour by following I-459 North, then
I-20 West back to I-65 North. Southbound trucks are asked to follow
I-20 East, to I-459 South back to I-65 South.
of I-65 South immediately around the destroyed connector will
remain closed until the overpass is rebuilt. The damaged bridge
is expected to be replaced within six months.