VESTAVIA, Ala. (WIAT) — Crews are on the scene of a wreck just past the Liberty Parkway exit on I-459 SB.
Three 18-wheelers are involved in the crash, and initially, I-459 S was completely blocked, but Vestavia Police have told CBS42 News that two lanes have been opened.
Birmingham Fire reports there is a significant fuel spill from the collision into the waterway below. Approximately 300 gallons of fuel spilled, and Capt. Harrell with Birmingham Fire says some leaked into the Cahaba River. The Alabama Department of Environmental Management, EMA and ALDOT all responded to the scene trying to contain the spill. They are also trying to empty the rest of the fuel so they can remove the tankers from the scene.
David Butler with the Cahaba Riverkeepers said because of Monday’s rain, he expects the environmental impact to be minimal.
“We’re extremely fortunate that it happened on a day like today, when you have a high volume of water in the river, which will help obviously dilute what did leak into the river,” Butler said.
Police ask everyone to avoid the area if possible. Real Time Traffic anchor Rachel Lundberg says those on I-459 S should exit at Grants Mill, take Grants Mill to Overton Road then Overton Road through Cahaba Heights to Highway 280, where you can get back on 459 if you need to and be past the wreck.
If you’re trying to get elsewhere, you may want to use the Waze app, which uses real-time user feedback to find the fastest route to your destination.
Thankfully, no one was seriously injured. Two people suffered minor injuries; one was transported to the hospital.
CBS42 has a crew on the scene. We will update this story as it develops.