A hazmat spill Thursday night has closed all lanes of I-65 in both directions in Birmingham, according to fire and transportation officials, and it may be “several hours” until the interstate reopens.
An 18-wheeler containing lye overturned on the highway near the Green Springs Avenue exit on I-65 southbound around 6 p.m., said Birmingham Fire and Rescue Battalion Chief Sebastian Carillo.
One firefighter “has been transported as a precaution due to exposure to the hazardous material,” Carillo said.
The battalion chief said I-65 could be closed for “several hours.” The northbound lanes were reopened overnight, but the southbound side remained closed.
Traffic was rerouted to University Boulevard and 6th Avenue South.
Around 5:30 a.m. Friday, the Alabama Department of Transportation reopened one lane on the interstate’s southbound side. After 6 a.m., all lanes on the southbound side were reopened.