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Crash on AL interstate caused by trucker pulling his own tooth

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Traffic stopped along I-20/59 eastbound at McFarland Boulevard at 6:07 a.m., Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. An 18-wheeler overturned during the night, causing troopers to close the interstate between Exits 76 and 79. ALDOT photo Traffic stopped along I-20/59 eastbound at McFarland Boulevard at 6:07 a.m., Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. An 18-wheeler overturned during the night, causing troopers to close the interstate between Exits 76 and 79. ALDOT photo

TUSCALOOSA, AL (AP) - Alabama authorities say a tractor-trailer crashed on Interstate 20 because the driver lost control while he was pulling one of his teeth.

The Alabama Highway Patrol says the truck driver told troopers he had taken his hands off the wheel to pull a loose tooth when he wrecked near Tuscaloosa. The crash report states: "He had the tooth in his shirt pocket as proof."

The tractor-trailer veered off I-20 into a ditch late Sunday and smashed into a tree. The single vehicle crash shut down a stretch of interstate for about 11 hours until a single lane reopened Monday morning.

Authorities say the 57-year-old driver wasn't seriously injured. Al.com reports (http://bit.ly/1Lq0gjx ) the Highway Patrol redacted the driver's name from its copy of the crash report released to reporters.

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