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Accident blocks traffic on I-85 in Opelika

OPELIKA, AL (WXTX) - An accident involving two 18-wheelers on Interstate 85 at the Tiger Town exit in Opelika tied up traffic for hours.

Police say around 8:00 a.m. Wednesday, the load on an 18-wheeler shifted as it was traveling south on the interstate.

This caused the truck to roll over on its side, sending a massive amount of debris onto the interstate.

That's when another 18 wheeler struck the debris, causing the driver to lose control, strike the bridge and guardrail, sending it into the oncoming or northbound lane of traffic, before it came to a stop.

The accident brought morning rush hour traffic to a halt.  Witnesses say traffic in the southbound lanes was diverted at Exit 60.

 "Both drivers were very lucky. There were no other motorists who were on the road at that time of the morning," said Captain Allan Elkins of the Opelika Police Department.

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