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Traffic alert: I-85 NB closed between Shorter and Tallassee after crash

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MACON COUNTY, AL (WSFA) -

Interstate 85 northbound is closed between Shorter and Tallassee, or exits 22 and 26, in Macon County, according to the Alabama Department of Transportation.

This section of the interstate will be closed until repairs are completed on a bridge at mile marker 25 that was damaged in a crash Friday night.

Northbound traffic is being detoured at Exit 22 (Shorter). Drivers will follow U.S. Highway 80 to Alabama 186 to enter the interstate at Exit 42.

The northbound lanes of the interstate have been blocked since about 6 p.m. Friday. Troopers reported one lane reopened just before midnight Friday, but ALDOT later reported the lanes were still closed.

Cpl. Jesse Thornton said the crash happened near the Shorter exits at mile markers 24 and 25 and that a box truck hit the bridge. 

Another crash happened shortly before the crash that damaged the bridge. Troopers have identified the victims in the crash as 55-year-old Montgomery man Roberto Linares and a 16-month-old child.

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