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I-85 fully reopens hours after early morning 18-wheeler fire in Macon County

I-85 southbound near Shorter, tractor-trailer fire.
I-85 southbound near Shorter, tractor-trailer fire.((Source: Shorter VFD))
Published: Sep. 14, 2021 at 6:45 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 14, 2021 at 3:27 PM EDT
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Interstate 85 through Macon County has fully reopened to traffic hours after an early morning crash involving an 18-wheeler forced southbound lane closures.

According to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, the tractor-trailer crashed and caught on fire near Shorter.

The Shorter Volunteer Fire Department, which posted a 3-minute video clip showing the commercial vehicle engulfed in flames, said around 1:30 p.m. that all lanes had been reopened.

Early morning Fire causes shutdown during morning rush hour on I-85 southbound near mile marker 20.5.

Posted by Shorter Volunteer Fire Department on Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Macon County EMA Director Frank Lee said there are major delays in the area. Motorists are encouraged to seek an alternate route.

ALEA is investigating the crash and said it will provide additional updates on road closures as soon as they’re available.

Scene photos from an 18-wheeler crash on Interstate 85 near Shorter in Macon County on Sept....
Scene photos from an 18-wheeler crash on Interstate 85 near Shorter in Macon County on Sept. 14, 2021.(Source: WSFA 12 News)
Scene photos from an 18-wheeler crash on Interstate 85 near Shorter in Macon County on Sept....
Scene photos from an 18-wheeler crash on Interstate 85 near Shorter in Macon County on Sept. 14, 2021.(Source: WSFA 12 News)
Scene photos from an 18-wheeler crash on Interstate 85 near Shorter in Macon County on Sept....
Scene photos from an 18-wheeler crash on Interstate 85 near Shorter in Macon County on Sept. 14, 2021.(Source: WSFA 12 News)

The cause of the crash and fire remain under investigation. No injuries were reported.

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