One Dead, Two Injured After Tanker Truck, Van Crash On I-65

Greenville, Al. (WSFA) -- Alabama State Troopers worked through the night Tuesday to clear the scene of a fatal wreck in Greenville.

Troopers say one person died and two others were severely injured after a tanker truck vs. van accident in the northbound lanes of Interstate 65 Tuesday morning.

The collision happened between mile marker 128 and 130.

Traffic was detoured through Georgiana for most of the day.

The mayor of Greenville, Dexter McLendon, reports that a van traveling southbound along I-65 crossed the median and hit an 18-wheeler traveling northbound.

The fatality and both injuries were sustained by occupants of the van; the driver of the 18-wheeler suffered minor injuries.

McLendon told the Associated Press it's believed a tire blew out on the van, and it's thought a homeless family from Florida was living inside the van.

The 18-wheeler was carrying ether, a highly flammable liquid used in chemical or medical applications, and the substance was leaking from its tank.