Troopers open one lane of I-20 near Cleburne County wreck
by Laura Camper and Brian Anderson
Star Staff Writers
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Crews worked to clean up after a wreck involving several tractor trailers on Interstate 20 near the Heflin exit this morning. (Photo by Stephen Gross/The Anniston Star)
Crews worked to clean up after a wreck involving several tractor trailers on Interstate 20 near the Heflin exit this morning. (Photo by Stephen Gross/The Anniston Star)
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HEFLIN – An early morning crash involving four tractor trailer trucks left at least one driver injured and shut down the eastbound lanes on Interstate 20 through Cleburne County most of the day today.

An emailed statement this morning from Sgt. Steven Jarrett, a spokesman with the Alabama Department of Public Safety, said one driver in the accident had been airlifted from the scene. Further details about the crash will not be released until Tuesday, Jarrett said.

A state trooper at the scene said the accident happened around 4 a.m., but declined to release further information.

Debris and parts of four commercial trucks, including one flipped onto its side, littered the eastbound lanes of I-20 about a mile east of Exit 199 around 9:30 a.m. Although much of the damage had been moved off the road, state troopers and other law enforcement officials had almost a mile of the highway blocked to traffic as crews continued to clean the road.

Despite an earlier statement from the Alabama Department of Public Safety that officials hoped one lane of traffic would be open by 4 p.m., eastbound traffic was still being redirected at Exit 199 through Heflin into the evening.

By 7:30 p.m. today, state troopers had opened one lane of traffic.

Jarrett said troopers will continue to keep one lane closed until cleanup is complete. He added that at some point ,the lane closure will swap from the fast lane to the slow lane to allow clean-up on the emergency shoulder side of I-20 eastbound.

Traffic through downtown Heflin remained busy during the closure of the lanes, with several commercial trucks using Alabama 78 and Alabama 46 to return to the interstate at exit 205 east of the city.

Sandra Smith, a manager at Marie’s Bar-B-Que restaurant on Almon Street where traffic was being redirected, said a heavy stream of vehicles had been passing by since opening at 8 a.m.

“Our parking lot can’t accommodate commercial trucks, so we actually haven’t seen a lot of customers,” Smith said this afternoon. “I think people are just trying to figure out where they’re going.”

Two accidents occurred in Heflin today after the crash on I-20. At around 7 a.m., there was a wreck involving two commercial trucks on Alabama 46 about 3 miles from I-20’s Exit 205. No one was injured.

Around 2:30 p.m. a Ford pickup truck and a Chevy pickup truck collided head-on outside of an Alabama Power office on Ross Street. One driver was taken to a local hospital.

Heflin police were assisting officials at the scene of the I-20 crash this morning, but only state troopers remained cleaning the blocked highway late this afternoon.

Staff writer Laura Camper: 256-235-3545. On Twitter @LCamper_Star.
Staff writer Brian Anderson: 256-235-3546. On Twitter @BAnderson_Star.
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