At approximately 7:30 a.m., the truck merged onto the highway from Klein Road in Harpersville when its load shifted left and caused it to turn over, said driver Jody Silvers.
“I don’t know if a spring broke or what happened exactly,” he said. “I tried to correct it, but it just wouldn’t. I wasn’t going fast.”
The truck driver of one year was traveling from Billingsley to deliver to Resolute Forest Products in Childersburg. No other vehicles were involved in the incident.
State Trooper James Smith, who responded to the scene, said the driver likely “didn’t slow down enough to make the turn off (Shelby County Road 76).”
Logs from the truck spilled across both lanes of eastbound traffic on U.S. 280 and partially blocked westbound lanes. Eastbound lanes were closed for nearly four hours while the scene was cleared.
Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, Alabama State Troopers, Alabama Department of Transportation, Harpersville Fire Department, Childersburg Police Department and other first responders reported to the scene.
“No one was hurt, and there’s no hazmat spill, so all is good I guess,” said Mark Lewis, Harpersville Fire Department training officer.
The Sheriff’s Office announced the road was reopened around 11:30 a.m. and encouraged motorists to use caution in the area throughout the day as clean up continued.