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UPDATE: Jackson County highway reopens after paint truck crash

The crash happened at the foot of Sand Mountain.

Posted: Jul 9, 2018 7:35 AM
Updated: Jul 9, 2018 6:07 PM

Highway 35 at the river bridge was shut down Monday morning because of an 18-wheeler wreck that spilled white paint on the road.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office closed down Highway 35 while the wreck was cleared. 

The Jackson County Emergency Management Agency said an estimated 20,000 gallons of latex paint was spilled into the Tennessee River. Some diesel fuel and motor oil also spilled, officials said.

Traffic was moving slowly in the area as of 9:30 a.m. The highway was cleared just before 5 p.m.

Crews from Jackson County Emergency Management and the Alabama Department of Transportation were on the scene. Crews put out booms in the water to stop the paint from flowing downriver.

The truck was the only vehicle involved. The driver was taken to the hospital for evaluation.

There's no word on what may have caused the wreck.

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