MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) -- Eastbound Interstate 10 lanes going into the Wallace Tunnel in downtown Mobile reopened at about 9:45 a.m. Friday.
That was roughly 11 hours after an overturned tractor-trailer rig carrying tons of fruit first blocked both of the east tunnel lanes.
Motorists had been advised overnight and through the early morning hours to seek alternate routes, such as the Causeway or the Cochrane Bridge. Traffic was snarled all over the area as a result of the big mess.
Around 10:45 p.m. Thursday, the truck struck the inside retaining wall just before the entrance to the tunnel. The truck landed on its left side and came to a rest with most of the trailer inside of the tunnel. Parts of the trailer were sheared by the wall and some debris ended up in the westbound lanes of I-10.
The driver was alert after the crash but had several cuts to his arm.
According to police, the truck was hauling 80,000 pounds of fruit.
At 6 a.m. Friday, crews were using equipment to scoop up spilled fruit from the roadway and offload the overturned trailer. Around 8:30 a.m., the rig was turned upright inside the tunnel as crews continued to work to clear the roadway.
A Mobile Fire-Rescue crew sprayed down the road surface shortly before I-10 was reopened. Absorbent material was poured onto the roadway.