The truck was carrying 45,080 pounds of aluminum bars, according to its driver, Luther Johnson, of Mississippi.
Johnson, 51, said he’s worked as a truck driver for Celadon, an Indianapolis, Ind.-based truckload carrier company, for 12 years and never had an accident until today. Johnson was driving his truck from South Carolina to Texas when he attempted to take exit 168 around 12:30 p.m., and the truck landed on the driver’s side. Johnson said he was driving around the arc of the exit, but overestimated the curve.
“I must have overshot it. I tried to correct it and I couldn’t,” Johnson said. “It could have been a lot worse.”
Johnson said the accident demolished the truck and the tractor.
“When I realized I was still alive, I was grateful,” he said. “I’m blessed.”
Johnson’s rig was cleared from the scene by 4 p.m. However, several men were still picking up the thousands of pounds of aluminum bars that fell off the truck and stacking them on a flatbed. An Alabama State Trooper said he was uncertain how long it would take to clean up the debris.
The accident was still under investigation this afternoon by the State Troopers.
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