Crews spent several hours Thursday morning attempting clear an overturned 18-wheeler on Interstate 65.

The truck, which was southbound with a load of steel, overturned in the median approximately five miles north of Cullman.

Crews used two tow trucks to remove the coiled rolls before turning the battered vehicle upright. The project blocked one lane of traffic for hours.

According to reports from the Alabama State Troopers office in Decatur, the driver was Vernon Bruce, 56, of Clanton. He was not injured in the incident.

No other vehicles were involved.

‰ Also on Thursday, a Summerville woman was injured in a two-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 31, 4 miles north of Cullman.

Kristen Hawley, 23, was driving a 2006 Chevrolet at the time. That vehicle reportedly collided with a 1998 Ford driven by Ashley Heaster, 34, of Cullman.

While wearing her seat belt, Hawley sustained unknown injuries in the accident. Heaster was not injured.

Troopers are still investigating the cause of that accident.

‰ In other matters, The Times learned Thursday that a Hanceville Police cruiser was totaled in a single-car accident about three weeks ago.

The driver, Officer Price Blaylock, was not injured in the accident. According to Police Chief Philip Bray, while the officer was not speeding at the time, he apparently lost control on Center Hill Road in Hanceville and struck a tree.

The vehicle, a 2005 Ford Crown Victoria, had full coverage. Bray reported they are working to replace it, but outfitting it could take some time.

He also said Blaylock took and passed both drug and alcohol tests.

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