Crews work to clean up the debris and wreckage from the crash. Source: Dixon Hayes/WBRC
Wreckage from the crash in the median of I-20. Source: Melissa Hasberry/WBRC
One of the 18-wheelers involved in the wreck. Source: WBRC video
Source: WBRC video
Three 18-wheelers wrecked on I-20 East near mm 202 just past Heflin. Source: Michael Frank
CLEBURNE COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -
An accident involving four 18-wheelers shut down part of I-20 East near Heflin for more than 12 hours.
Authorities re-opened one lane of the interstate around 6 p.m. but traffic continued to move slowly past the accident site.
Troopers say the crash may have been a result of a chain reaction between the four trucks.
Six people were injured in the wreck, including four drivers and two passengers. One driver was flown to UAB and is in critical condition, according to Sgt. Steve Jarrett with the Alabama Department of Public Safety.
Two other people were transported to Tanner Medical Center in Carrollton, Ga. and three were taken to Regional Medical Center in Anniston, Sgt. Jarrett said.
The wreck happened around 4:10 a.m. Monday on I-20 East near mile marker 202, between the Heflin and Ranburne exits in Cleburne County. Two of the 18-wheelers overturned in the crash.
One of the trailers reportedly spilled cooking oil, which made a muddy mess across one lane.
Michael Frank, a truck driver who has been stuck in the traffic for hours, says he saw a Life Saver helicopter and four ambulances respond to the scene. There is no word yet on the conditions of the drivers involved. One person was evacuated by helicopter.
At one point, both the east- and westbound lanes of I-20 were shut down, but the westbound lane has been reopened and is running smoothly.
Drivers heading east toward Atlanta on I-20 should take exit 199 onto Highway 9 to Highway 46 as a detour to get back onto I-20 East at mile marker 205.
ALDOT and the EPA are among other official agencies that responded to the scene.
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