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Montgomery bridge compromised after fiery 18-wheeler collision

The South Perry Street bridge in Montgomery remains shut down following a devastating collision involving an 18-wheeler and three other vehicles on a portion of Interstate 85 southbound on Tuesday.

The semi-truck, loaded with lumber, struck the support columns of the South Perry Street bridge, leading to an intense fire that consumed the 18-wheeler and significantly damaged the bridge and its foundation. 

Montgomery officials said there were no major injuries in the wreck, which happened about 7:25 a.m. Tuesday.

The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) said emergency repairs to the South Perry Street were completed before 10 a.m. Wednesday, allowing for the reopening of two lanes of I-85 underneath. 

ALDOT officials have confirmed that reinforcements have been put in place to ensure the bridge remains stable and safe for vehicles passing below. 

However, the bridge will remain off-limits to pedestrians and vehicular traffic until permanent fixes can be carried out. While a specific timeline for these comprehensive repairs hasn’t been disclosed, ALDOT assured that they will provide updates as plans become finalized.

Montgomery Police Chief Daryl Albert said at a press conference that “the city of Montgomery is open,” however, it’s unclear how long it will take to repair the bridge infrastructure.

Grayson Everett is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @Grayson270

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