UPDATE 10:19 p.m. 02/14/2022: According to Auburn Public Safety, one northbound lane is now open on I-85. Officials still ask that motorists use caution and allow extra travel time.
AUBURN, Ala. (WRBL) – Auburn first responders are on the scene of a deadly crash and 18-wheeler fire on I-85 at exit 51. The Lee County Coroner’s office was called to the scene for a fatality. We will have more information later when the victim’s name is released. The fire began Monday afternoon, around 1:30. It appears as though the truck was involved in a crash with another vehicle along the northbound lanes. Southwest Fire Department was dispatched to assist AFD with the three-vehicle wreck on the interstate. News 3 is working to get more information.
Auburn Police just released this information Monday, at 2:30 PM: Auburn Police and Auburn Fire are on the scene of a multi-vehicle accident with injuries and at least one vehicle-fire on 1-85 N. The fire is under control, but the accident impacts lanes north and south of Exit 51. Northbound traffic is currently being diverted at Exit 51. Please avoid the area. Traffic is expected to be impacted until further notice.