FALKVILLE — A tractor-trailer crash on Interstate 65 today killed one person and closed the road for hours, authorities said.
Morgan County Coroner Jeff Chunn said he could not release the name of the victim, the truck's male driver, pending notification of family members.
State troopers said the wreck took place at about 2:30 p.m. near the 319 mile marker, about a mile north of the Lacon exit.
The southbound tractor, pulling a flatbed loaded with lumber, apparently left the road, crashed through a metal guardrail and rolled down a wooded embankment to land upside down near Flint Creek.
Troopers said they were not aware of any other injuries or vehicles involved. The wreck remains under investigation.
Authorities shut down the southbound lanes of I-65 and rerouted traffic onto U.S. 31 via Morgan County 55 at Exit 322 in Falkville and Thompson Road at Exit 325 in Hartselle. Troopers said they expected I-65 South to remain closed until at least 6:30 p.m.
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