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I-85 South at Shorter Reopens after 8-Hour Fatal Crash Shutdown
Traffic has been a nightmare for most of the day on I-85 travelling southbound near Shorter. A section of I-85 reopened in time for rush hour, after being closed for nearly eight hours following after a fatal semi-truck accident.
At 9:23 a.m. State Troopers say four vehicles collided when entering a construction zone at mile marker 18, three miles south of Shorter in Macon County.
Three commercial semi-trucks and a mini van were involved in a domino effect crash. 31-year old Steven Fox of Madison, Georgia was killed on impact, when the milk-tank 2004 Freightliner he was driving hit another 18-wheeler, a red 2007 Peterbilt with a load of bricks.
The brick hauling semi then collided with a 2012 Toyota Sienna mini-van, which struck another semi, 2003 Freightliner.
"The driver of the red 18-wheeler was life-flighted (serious condition), the two adults in the passenger van were transported by ambulance (non life threatening) to area hospitals," said Sgt. Steve Jarrett with the Alabama State Troopers.
The semi-driver in the 2003 Freightliner walked away unharmed, but the accident left a mess across I-85 South.
The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT), state troopers and the Montgomery Sheriff's Office cleaned up the scene and controlled traffic.
The bricks on the red semi-truck collided into the driver side of the milk-tank semi-truck and also spilled over the interstate.
"There's a lot of load spillage, being bricks, and a traffic fatality, it's going to take some time, but thankfully ALDOT is on the scene and they've got traffic detailed," Sgt. Jarrett said.
Drivers travelling in the direction of the accident on I-85 southbound were rerouted for eight hours to the Shorter Exit to get off at US-80 and bypass the crash. Drivers also travelling northbound experienced some delays with slower traffic passing the scene.
State Troopers say an off-duty trooper witnessed the accident, but an official report won't be released for at least three days.