I-85 SB reopens in Shorter after Saturday night crash involving 18-wheeler

(Source: Leonard Hall / WTVM)
Published: Dec. 12, 2021 at 10:23 AM EST|Updated: Dec. 12, 2021 at 11:18 AM EST
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SHORTER, Ala. (WTVM) - After being shutdown for over 13 hours, Interstate 85 southbound in Shorter has reopened. The closure was due to a Saturday night crash involving an 18-wheeler.

The Alabama Department of Transportation reports the crash happened around 9 p.m. at mile marker 20.9, just past exit 22. The single-vehicle tractor trailer accident resulted in a fire, according to ALDOT. The condition of the driver is unknown.

During the closure, southbound traffic was rerouted off at Exit 22 in Shorter to go through Highway 80. Alabama State Troopers and the Macon County Sheriff’s Office assisted with traffic controls.

(Source: Leonard Hall / WTVM)

Some drivers tell us they waited over three hours before being allowed to turn around and exit the interstate.

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