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18-wheeler wreck causes I-59 shutdown

One truck was completely overturned in the accident. One truck was completely overturned in the accident.
Viewer Antonina L. Poole captured images of flames coming from the wreck. Viewer Antonina L. Poole captured images of flames coming from the wreck.
The trailer of one of the trucks burns. Courtesy A. Poole. The trailer of one of the trucks burns. Courtesy A. Poole.
Another angle of the wreck and fire. Courtesy A. Poole. Another angle of the wreck and fire. Courtesy A. Poole.
One of the trucks straddles the concrete median. Courtesy Damian Johnson. One of the trucks straddles the concrete median. Courtesy Damian Johnson.
FAIRFIELD, AL (WBRC) -

Traffic is flowing again after an accident involving an 18-wheeler had shut down the both sides of I-59 near Ensley this afternoon.

The accident happened during a heavy downpour shortly after noon on Wednesday, May 9 near the Avenue I exit. The only vehicle involved was an 18-wheeler carrying some type of candy products. The driver was traveling next to the concrete barrier when he slammed into it and part of the 18-wheeler's cab crossed into the northbound lane.

"The driver had been coughing and something caused him to hit the barricade," Mike Harter with the Jefferson County EMA said.

The accident cause a fire and smoke that could be seen for a long ways. Officials believe the fire began in the truck's cooling system.

[View a slideshow of photos from the wreck scene here.]

A witness to the wreck described what she saw.

"It was scary. A whole bunch of smoke and fire. There was a lot of cars parked over there. The fire dept. couldn't get over to put the fire out," Catina Brown said.

The 18-wheeler's cab was removed to open up one lane of traffic in the southbound lane. Two northbound lanes of I-59 have opened for traffic.

Officials say the 18-wheeler's trailer will be removed tonight after rush hour. Birmingham police say no one was injured in the crash.

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