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I-65 in Cullman reopened after rough, icy night


UPDATE 9:21 a.m.: I-65 has been completely reopened. Travel may still be difficult.

UPDATE 6:55am
: 116 people at the shelter in Cullman.  All are stranded motorists.

UPDATE 6 a.m.: I-65 has been closed down again in Cullman around exit 299 due to accidents and icy conditions. Officials report that an 18-wheeler jack-knifed around mile marker 315. We'll let you know when that clears up.

4:23 a.m. CULLMAN, AL (WBRC) - Alabama State Police report that all lanes have reopened on I-65 in Cullman, but traffic is moving very, very slow.

Tuscaloosa resident Stephanie Burgett has been stuck on the interstate since 4:30p Thursday. She was en route to Nashville.  

"I'm on the side of the road trying to get to an exit.  Three 18 wheelers are asleep in front of me.  They won't move," she told Fox6.

We've gotten the same story from multiple people stuck in traffic.  Drivers say they can't drive down the side of the interstate to access the exits because 18-wheelers have pulled their rigs over.

Stephanie said she only has a can of Mt. Dew with her, but won't drink it because she has no access to a bathroom.  

She says she watched some children build a snowman family on the side of the interstate before dark.

She's one of dozens stranded on the interstate, unable to move.  Many of the stranded are families with children in the car.

"If we move, we only go about 20 feet every hour.  We don't really go anywhere."

Stephanie says people stuck on the road are making friends with people in other cars, sharing blankets, trying to keep warm.  She says she is nearly out of gas.

Alabama State Police have sanded the roads and reopened all lanes, but traffic is still at a near standstill.


12:53 a.m. CULLMAN, AL (WBRC) - Wintry weather is causing hazardous driving conditions.  As of early Friday morning traffic northbound on I-65 is at a standstill. Southbound lanes are open but moving slowly.

Many people are sitting in traffic on I-65... some folks have been stuck since 1pm, at times barely moving.

As of 12:30a:

BOTH southbound lanes on I-65 are now back open, but traffic is still moving incredibly slow. 

The Department of Transportation is out right now spreading sand across I-65, in both directions. BOTH northbound lanes are currently CLOSED.

A semi was jackknifed around mile marker 315 and it stopped traffic again.

No estimate on when traffic will start moving. Traffic is backed up from the 310 exit to County Road 222 overpass due to ice.

This issue began around 2 p.m. CT Thursday, but we've had callers who have been stuck since 1 p.m. today.

For folks that can get there - a shelter for stranded motorists is open at Cullman Civic Center on 5th St SW. No transports are running to the shelter at this time. 

Numerous school systems across Alabama delayed or even canceled school on Friday

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