An early Wednesday morning crash on Interstate 20 claimed two lives at mile marker 203, according to officials, and blocking the westbound lanes of the freeway until after dawn.
Heflin police Chief A.J. Benefield said a car traveling in the eastbound lanes crossed the median and struck a large truck around 2 a.m. The truck exploded due to the cargo it was hauling, according to Benefield.
Both westbound lanes were temporarily closed so officials could investigate and clean up the accident scene, according to Alabama Law Enforcement Agency public information officer Jimmy Harrell. Traffic was diverted into Heflin to bypass the accident during the early morning hours. By 6:25 a.m. the eastbound lanes were open, and officials had reopened one westbound lane.
The identities of those killed had not been released, pending notification of family, according to Harrell.
State troopers and workers from the Alabama Department of Transportation huddled near the burned-out truck Wednesday morning. A large section of grass next to the truck had been burned.