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18 Wheeler fire shut down I-459

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BESSEMER - AL - An 18 wheeler caught fire late Wednesday night, which caused a traffic nightmare for people on Interstate 459 in Bessemer.  The big rig pulled to the side of the interstate, just before 10:00 p.m. near the McCalla exit on the southbound side.  The cab burned for several hours.

We're told there were no injuries, but the firefighting efforts closed down the southbound lanes for a while.  Traffic was backed up for several miles.

All that traffic caused a secondary accident.  At this point, police haven't released the details.  However, we know at least one car was involved in that accident.  It continued to hold up travel and cleanup efforts.  Traffic was, at one point, backed all the way up to exit six.
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