18-wheeler overturns on 331

Published 5:03 pm Wednesday, October 21, 2009

An AIA 18-wheeler overturned Saturday around 11:30 a.m. as it traveled down Hwy. 331 south, according to Crenshaw County EMA Director Jessica Tomlin-Seabrook.

The truck, which was hauling crushed, recyclable metal, tried to turn at the intersection of Hwy. 10 and 331 in Rutledge when its load shifted causing it to turn over on its side.

Joyce Oswald happened to be part of a charity motorcycle run when they came upon the wreck and had to stop at Hook’s Barbecue.

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“The wreck looked really bad,” Oswald said. “There were about 30 bikes in the motorcycle run that had to wait, and it was really cold Saturday.”

Tomlin-Seabrook said the driver of the 18-wheeler was not injured in the accident, which took until approximately 2 p.m. to clean up. No other vehicles were involved in the accident. In the meantime, law enforcement rerouted traffic behind Hook’s Barbecue and back onto Hwy. 10 until the site was cleared.

“The AIA company brought their own equipment to clean up the debris,” she said.

Those assisting on the scene of the accident included Tomlin-Seabrook, the Crenshaw County Sheriff’s Office, the Luverne Volunteer Fire Department, the Rutledge Volunteer Fire Department, and the Luverne Police Department.