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Fuel tanker overturns, leaks fuel on I-65 in Ala.


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Most of Interstate 65 in Birmingham has reopened to traffic a day after a fuel tanker overturned. reports ( ) that the accident occurred at around 7:30 CST Friday and crews had been cleaning up the spilled fuel.

State transportation officials said Saturday that all but one inside lane had reopened near the 3rd Avenue South on-ramp. They said all lanes should be moving again later in the day.

Birmingham Fire Marshal C.W. Mardis said the truck driver was taken to UAB hospital. A woman in another vehicle was also injured.

Mardis said a truck owned by Dalton, Ga.-based Spirit Express, LLC, was carrying 8,500 gallons of fuel and suffered "a small rupture."

Authorities required some motorists to leave their vehicles on the interstate as the spill was contained.

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