Tanker Burned

A fuel tanker crashed and burned at one of Alabama’s busiest highway interchanges during morning rush hour Thursday.

The fiery wreck partially melted a bridge and could result in months of traffic problems while the overpass is demolished and replaced.

The wreck, which occurred at the intersection of Interstates 20/59 and 65, was the second such crash at "malfunction junction" since January 2002.

Authorities say a tanker carrying fuel overturned in a curve spilling an estimated 9,000 gallons of fuel that erupted into flames.

Interstate 65 remains open, but 20/59, the main route linking Atlanta and New Orleans, will remain closed at least through late Friday.

Three years ago state transportation workers had to tear down the bridge and it took less than ten weeks to replace it.