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I-85 reopens 14 hours after crash, diesel fuel fire

Published: Jul. 23, 2021 at 2:58 AM CDT
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MACON COUNTY, Ala. (WSFA) - Alabama State Troopers have reopened Interstate 85 northbound in Macon County after a major crash early Friday morning.

According to Macon County EMA Director Frank Lee, the crash happened near Shorter and involved an 18-wheeler carrying power tools and another vehicle. Shortly after the crash, the diesel fuel inside the 18-wheeler caught fire causing a blaze that consumed both vehicles.

Lee said those involved in the crash received minor injuries, despite the crash’s chaotic scene.

Both northbound lanes were closed over 14 hours. Southbound lanes were also affected as officials worked to remove the vehicles that had been stuck in the NB lanes behind the crash.

A separate crash happened in the southbound lanes during the morning commute, causing even more delays for commuters. Details on that crash were limited.

Lee says southbound lanes were also affected as officials worked to remove the vehicles that...
Lee says southbound lanes were also affected as officials worked to remove the vehicles that had been stuck in the NB lanes behind the crash.((Source: WSFA 12 News))

In an effort to help with congestion, traffic was diverted off the interstate at exit 16 north.

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