Tanker overturns near UA in Tuscaloosa, leaks gas

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - A fatal tanker crash in Tuscaloosa has shut down traffic near the University of Alabama and sent hazardous materials crews scrambling to clean up leaking gasoline.

Tuscaloosa Police spokesman Capt. Greg Kosloff said the driver was pronounced dead at the scene Tuesday morning.

Witnesses reported speed might have been a factor that made the truck's load shift and caused it to roll over at least two times.

Kosloff said the truck was hauling a full load of 8,600 gallons of gasoline.

Traffic was diverted from roads within a quarter-mile radius of the scene, which was located about a mile from the university.

Officials recommended evacuations of those in nearby homes and businesses.

The crash occured around 9:20 a.m. and Kosloff said the area would likely remain closed well into the afternoon.

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